When a cat spits or hisses, it’s necessary to express discontent. This is a defensive reflex that can manifest itself on many occasions. Cat growling is a sign of aggression which should in any case always be taken seriously because it can be the expression of fear, annoyance, or even pain which it’s important to detect. Let’s do a check-in and find out the reason behind such behavior.
What is a cat growl?
Growling is an instinctive attitude adopted by a cat (or other felines), regardless of its character. Whether they have a strong personality or are gentle as a lamb, young or old, every cat will growl at one time or another. In such a situation it’s preferable to stay away because a hissing cat is very aggressive.
The growl expresses a warning, in other words, a threat to an adversary. It can be a congener, an animal of another species, or a human (master of the cat or other). In the vast majority of cases, the cat hisses when it feels threatened. But It adopts this attitude on other occasions as well.
Cat growling: the different reasons
Understanding why a cat huffs is important if you want to respect your little companion’s feelings and give It all the care It needs. Thus, a cat will huff in the following cases.
It expresses a feeling of fear
The growl is when the cat comes face to face with a fellow-creature who is not Its friend or with a dog It’s afraid of. But this attitude can also manifest itself towards a person foreign to Its entourage.
It is better to get the cat used to accepting Its presence if it is a friend of Its master so that the cat does not huff each time they visit. The animal must understand that this person does not wish It any harm. It can therefore play with It for a few minutes or present Its favorite kibble to It, which will have the effect of giving the cat confidence.
The cat is very annoyed
A cat will huff to tell you to leave It in alone. This can manifest itself when It gets bored of a game, or when we brush or stroke It, or even quite simply if we approach It while It’s eating. Under these conditions, it’s necessary to leave it alone, to move away from it in order to respect its bubble.
When a cat is very stressed
Many situations generate stress in cats because they are very sensitive animals. A very stressed cat can therefore huff all the time. If this is prolonged over time, it is recommended to consult a behaviorist veterinarian because this repetitive attitude proves that the cat suffers from a deep emotional disorder such as for example anxiety attacks, depression.
It absolutely needs to be taken care of because, without treatment, Its discomfort can worsen. In addition, so that the relationship between the master and the cat does not deteriorate, it is better for the growling to stop because if it persists, it can generate a feeling of fear in all members of the family.
Let us not forget that a cat locked in permanent stress or which lives in fear can attack more or less violently an animal or a human. If there are children at home, you must be particularly vigilant and never leave them alone with the cat in such conditions.
When a cat is in physical pain
Any health problem that causes discomfort or pain can be the cause of growling in cats.
Sometimes the slightest touch can make a cat spit. We should not insist of course and try to identify the cause. Was It injured in a fight or an accident? In this case, a wound can go unnoticed because it is well hidden under the thick fur of the cat, but it can also be an internal injury (strain, broken rib, etc.) which inevitably triggers pain with each movement. Any suspicion of trauma must be the subject of an emergency consultation.
Taking the crying cat to the vet is the wisest thing to do if you suspect a problem. Additional examinations will be carried out, which will make it possible to clearly identify either the trauma or the underlying disease-causing the physical suffering.
It is also necessary to consult without delay if it regurgitates a foamy liquid, has dilated pupils, moves the head in all directions, loses balance… These are all suspicious signs that must be indicated to the veterinarian.