Overstimulation Aggression (OSA) in Cats explained (🇩🇪⬇️)
OSA or petting induced aggression is quite a common behaviour in many cats. While cats who are easily overstimulated do seek out attention from people, after a short period of petting they will lash out, swatting a paw at you or even bite you in the hand. Many of these cats are outside the petting business very friendly cats which makes their behaviour seemingly unpredictable. This can be a frustrating and scary experience but on the bright side, this is a managable behaviour.
First we have to understand that each cat has its unique personality and that we have to accept their boundaries. Some cats seek human attention and to be petted, others may not enjoy sitting on your lap, and get irritated when carried around or being repetitively stroked. Look out for following warning signs when petting your cat:
🐈 low growl 🐈 dilated pupils 🐈 tail twitching 🐈 stiffening of the body 🐈 ears may go back. If you see any of these signs, stop petting your cat.
Always let cats with OSA come to you, when she leashes out allow the cat to leave. Increasing playtime may help cats with OSA ro release stress and frustration.
It is always a good idea to check with your vet if behind your cats behaviour lays a medical condition. Touch can cause pain when your cat is suffering from injuries, arthritis or pain in her back or hip joint.
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📷 by Paul Hanaoka
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