Top reasons your cat is angry
Cats can’t speak, but that doesn’t mean they can’t communicate, and they’re always trying to tell you something, says Dawn Kavanaugh, cat behaviourist and CEO of All About Animals Rescue. Whether they’re happy or sad, in pain, or particularly when they’re a little ticked off, they want you, their favourite human, to know it.
Your cat may make angry cat noises, seemingly purposefully knock something over, or wee on your new bedspread. Instead of instantly reacting, play detective, says Kavanaugh. Out-of-character cat behaviour may be a sign of cat anxiety, cat depression, or something else.
“Your cat needs you to be watching and listening to what it tells you,” she says. “You have to figure out what the kitty is trying to say ≠ and perhaps kitty is saying it’s angry or upset.” A cat’s body language can also hold a number of clues to how it’s feeling.
As for why your cat is angry, chances are it’s afraid, feeling territorial, having a conflict with another cat or a dog, or in pain.
We asked cat behaviour experts to share the subtle signs of how your angry cat may show anger. But remember, no matter how your cat is feeling, you, as their human, should always respond with love and patience.
She watches you from afar
It can be hard to tell if your cat is keeping her distance because she’s upset, or if she’s staying away because, well, she’s a cat and cats are weirdos. But if your furry friend actively avoids you when she’s normally playful or keeps away for longer than usual, it can be a sign she’s mad, scared, or anxious, says Michael Rueb, cat behaviour expert. Angry cats will keep their distance when they get confused by, say, a sudden loud voice, quick movements, or even an unfamiliar smell on your jacket, he explains. The solution? Let her have her space – she’ll come back when she’s ready.
He growls at you
Think it’s just dogs that growl? Then you’ve never seen an angry cat or fighting cats. Angry cats can make a wide variety of noises that signal their displeasure, including a throaty growl, Rueb says. If your bestie is vocalising his feelings, start by giving him his space and then slowly do things that will create a positive relationship, like feeding, playing with toys, grooming, or speaking softly, Rueb continues.