My neutered male cat Binx has started getting really aggressive lately. He always played kind of rough, but now I can't
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If your cat had a medical check-up and is fine, it may be that he is not getting enough attention or playtime. Purchase a few "wand" toys to see which ones he likes the best (usually ones with feathers). The wand toy will allow you to safely play with Binx at a distance without getting bit or scratched. Move the wand toy like prey and he should chase and catch the toy for quite a while. This will tire him out and his aggression should subside. Try it and see if his behavior improves. I'm betting on it.
Any time there is a big change in behavior such as you're seeing with Binx, Catsters always recommend a visit to the vet. Cats will act out when they don't feel well. It's their way of protecting themselves when their species lived in the wild. Make sure that you don't play rough with Binx. No hands or feet, no intense, crazy playtimes, no teasing him, etc. When you do play with him, as the other poster said, use a "hands-off" toy such as a feather wand. Keep the playtimes lowkey and when you see he's getting agitated, quit and walk away. But all this depends on him getting a clean bill of health first.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 7/1/13. Helpful? / 0
Also, I noticed on Binx's page that he is 1 going on 2. He's reaching the age of social maturity, when kitties start exploring their place in the household hierarchy. Kind of like kids pushing the envelope to see how much they can get away with. All perfectly normal. As the other kitties recommend, playtime is very important.
Monster answered on 7/3/13. Helpful? / 0