Let’s talk about ‘overstimulation’ or ‘petting aggression’ in cats!
Cat owners sometimes have difficulty understanding why their cats, who seem to be friendly and content one minute, may suddenly bite and scratch them the next. While overstimulation isn’t aggression, the response may appear aggressive. Cat owners however can find some relief, knowing that this behavior is normal and is both easy to manage and/or prevent.
What is ‘overstimulation’?
- Tail twitching
- Ears flicking
- Cat’s skin rippling when pet
When you observe any of these signals, it is time to stop petting the cat immediately and allow her to just sit quietly on your lap or go her own way, whichever she prefers. If your cat continues to solicit attention, then walk away from your cat.
Source: Dumb Friends League