Anonymous asked: I have a question that I'm not really sure if you can answer. When my cat gets angry her back ripples from under her head to just before her tail. Is that normal??
Absolutely! Raised hackles, arched back, hair along the spine standing on end (like a mohawk) are all signs of fear and/or anger. Watch also for ears laid straight back and tail arched downward. Best to just leave her alone and let her calm down on her own If you try to coo and soothe her for her fearfull behavior, or even give her treats she may see it as a reward for the behavior. Once she calms down and returns to normal, then reward her with cuddles and treats.
Is she a rescue cat, because they can have gone through a lot, and react in a fearful way quite easily.
My Dory hisses at the drop of a hat (hissing is like kitty swearing) and I just smile and ignore it. She’s usually back to her loving self in seconds. Cats are so quick to forgive and forget.
The best thing for an angry cat is always to leave them alone and let them calm down while trying to observe what it is that set them off in the first place, then changing what scares them. If it’s just a tough past, or maybe a territorial reaction to another cat in the home or outside, it can be addressed. NEVER PUNISH A CAT! Not for any reason. They don’t understand it and don’t connect it with their own behavior, and so treat it as aggression from you, that may lead to other unwanted behaviors.
That’s probably a lot more than you were looking for, but please feel free to ask more. And good luck!
That’s probably a lot more than you were looking for, but please feel free to ask more. Ang good luck!
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