Why Does My Cat Growl at Me?
As cat owners know, cats can make all kinds of sounds. There are so many different emotions and body languages that go unseen in feline behavior. It can be pretty frustrating dealing with an aggressive cat, but Village Vet of Urbana can help you differentiate the various reasons your cat is upset.
Reasons Cats Growl
Cats do not growl because they’re simply grumpy or because they are trying to punish their owners – there is typically an underlying emotion behind the aggression. Here are the most common causes of growling:
1. Cats growl as a warning
If you pay close attention to your cat’s body language, you will notice some warning signs, including growling, ear movement, bristled fur, tail position, etc.
Cats give warnings like these to let their owner know they don’t want to be approached any further. Another reason for warning is because they are protecting their territory and personal space.
2. Cats growl out of fear
Not all growls are out of aggression or territorial behavior. Another reason cats growl is due to fear. Cats get scared by almost anything. If your cat gets especially spooked, growling could be one way to make themselves bigger and more menacing – not out of anger, but out of fear.
3. Cats growl when angered or annoyed
The worst reason for a cat to growl is when they are angered or annoyed. This is when your cat can be the most unpredictable. In this circumstance, it is best to just back away and give the cat space.
4. Cats growl to signal dominance
Another reason your cat may be growling at you is to assert dominance. Cats are very proud animals, and they are very territorial.
5. Cats growl when in physical pain
Similar to the way cats meow or cry in pain, a physical injury could cause your cat to growl. If your cat appears hurt, make sure to call your local vet, Village Vet of Urbana, for medical assistance.
Learn More on How to Handle Feline Aggression
Simply being aware of the signals of cat aggression can give you the chance to remove yourself from the situation before it escalates to violence. It’s important to give your cat the space he or she needs to calm down and take some space. With patience and understanding, many cats are quickly back in your good graces and back to their furry, loving selves.