How To Tell If You Have A Confident Aggressive Or Fearful Cat
Much like human behaviors there are a number of traits and forms of body language a cat will exert that tells you the type of temperament they have. It is always best to understand your cats’ temperament in order to effectively coexist with you as well as other cats. One thing you can be certain of your cat will have a variety of behaviors depending on specific situation; it’s your job to understand what this body language means so that you can provide the proper attention, discipline if necessary and treatment and/or care.
Cats are loving creatures and provide a lifetime of affection and companionship to their owners. The old adage that says “You don’t own your cat your cat it owns you” may seem true in many instances when it comes to living with your pet cat and the number of behaviors and personalities your cat has. More importantly you want to better understand your cats’ natural traits and here are some possible traits that may tell you if you have a confident aggressive cat or one that is timid and fearful.
Typical traits of confident aggressive cats’
- Eye Contact– If your cat shows a confidence by making solid eye contact with you or other cats then he/she may be quite confident.
- Reaction To Loud Noise – See how your cat reacts to loud sounds if he/she is steady but cautious when they are exposed to loud sounds such as a raised voice of music rather than running and hiding your cat is confident.
- Aggressive Playing – Cats love to play especially with toys and other small creatures, if you cat plays in a rather aggressive manner with you and rarely retreats or even initiates play time he/she is very confident and aggressive.
- Meows – You cat can talk to you with special vocal tone. Listen to their pitch and tone if they are strong tones with a low pitch then your cat is quite confident. Also pay close attention to how demanding your cat may be and their desire to be heard.
Typical Traits Of A Timid Or Fearful Cat
- Eye Contact– Most timid cats will show less eye contact or avoid eye contact with you or other cats.
- Reaction To Noise – Any type of loud or unfamiliar sounds will make your cat run and hide if he/she is timid and fearful, and rarely do they initiate aggressive play and most often don’t play as much especially if other cats or people are present.
- Reactions To Other Cat – What how your cat interacts with other cats in the household, if they appear to be subservient and avoid contact or do not engage in playful activities then your cat is more than likely quite fearful.
The best way to identify specific traits which tells you what type of temperament you cat has basically comes from normal everyday observation and interaction. Regardless what type of traits your cat has you can easily tell within the first few days after bringing him/her home.