Why is my cat attacking me?

We have all been the victim of a regular attack by his cat, without us understanding the cause. Félix jumps on your feet, or becomes downright threatening, spitting with a hunched back? It’s a feline attack!

We assure you, these attacks are never free. It is up to us to understand what their meaning is, to ensure that they do not happen again. So why is your cat attacking you? Explanations in this article!

Why is my cat attacking me?

The game

It can happen that a cat bites while you are playing with it, especially with your hands. Excitement can lead to more or less painful scratches and bites for you.

It is not serious, and it is even a natural behavior. But don’t go wearing gloves. Indeed, you must teach him to play without leaving his claws and without biting, to correct this behavior gently.

The fear

A cat may bite when it is frightened or when it feels threatened. He then feels the instinctive need to defend himself. Before taking action, he usually adopts a defensive posture.

He will show you his annoyance and his fear by several warning signs. Thus, he will curl up in a corner, hiss, his pupils will dilate, his ears will fold back, and his hair will stand on end.

If you continue the action it considers threatening, the cat will attack by biting you or scratching you, sometimes both. You have been warned!


Your cat may attack you when you hurt her. This can be accidental, for example when you step on its tail. In this case, you just have to be more careful where you walk, you are no longer alone at home.

Your cat may also scratch or bite you when you touch a painful part of his body. In this case, you will need to identify what is causing this pain. It can be a wound that needs to be disinfected or an invisible lesion. In this case, a consultation with the veterinarian is essential. Many conditions can make your cat aggressive, and that’s not meanness on their part.

The stress

Stressful situations can make your cat aggressive and lead to attacking you. Among them, we find visits to the veterinarian, this unknown human who will fiddle with him in all directions, and sometimes even force him to swallow medication, or even worse, give him injections.

Transport is also a great source of stress for cats. Indeed, our mustachioed friends hate being locked in a small box. In addition to meowing throughout the journey, he will pass his claws between the bars trying to catch anything that is within his reach.

If it’s your hand, prepare to suffer. But again, put yourself in his shoes. You wouldn’t want people to do the same to you without being informed, would you?

The hunting instinct

Ever wondered why your cat jumps on your feet at night? Look no further, the answer is right here. Your cat is a great hunter and your feet are ideal prey when you sleep.

Indeed, the few movements that you make unconsciously during your sleep will arouse the curiosity of your tomcat. He will therefore invariably end up attacking you. If your feet are under the duvet, you’re not risking much.

Otherwise, prepare for a painful awakening. What an idea to move in the middle of the night, you are easy prey, and your cat a born hunter!

A fixed gaze

You have noticed how your cat can stare at you at times. Sitting comfortably on your lap or sitting a few meters from you, he observes you and stares at you, blinking from time to time. It is rather a sign of confidence and well-being that he addresses to you.

But be careful, because if you look back at him, especially by staring at him intensely and without ever blinking, it’s a real sign of provocation for him. He then thinks that you are challenging him, and beware of you if he goes on the attack to defend himself!

Biting stroked cat syndrome

We have all experienced this moment when, after long minutes of petting accompanied by purring, our cat ends up biting us and leaving. This is the pet biting cat syndrome.

What is it exactly? Well, just know that your cat can’t stand physical contact anymore, he’s reached his quota. And to make it stop, he will bite your hand to make you understand, then go about his business quietly.

Neither seen nor known. So, are you sure you’re still the master at home?

Redirected aggression

In the case of redirected aggression, you are not the triggering element of the attack, but an external element. For example, imagine that your neighbor’s cat comes to sit on the edge of your window.

Problem, your cat is not really friends with him. But the neighbour’s cat taunts him and is unable to dislodge him from his perch. It is impossible for your feline to reach it, and frustration inevitably wins out.

This situation seems funny to you, but your companion disagrees and is somewhat annoyed. And here he is turning against you if you pass by, or if you disturb him during this moment of extreme tension.

poor socialization

Failed or too early weaning, as well as poor socialization, can cause behavioral problems in cats. Free attacks towards its master or other humans are part of it.

This can lead Felix to freely attack babies, adults or even other animals, the latter being mistaken for prey. Do not worry too much, this phenomenon remains extremely rare.

The tiger syndrome

Cock-a-doodle Doo ! The tiger syndrome is a totally French concept! Don’t get carried away, there is nothing to be proud of because it has no scientific basis.

Besides, depending on the sources you find, you will see totally different explanations for this so-called syndrome. Either the tiger syndrome is a combination of all the points mentioned above, or it is a food-related problem (poor quality food, too low in protein, given in too little quantity, etc.).

Worse, according to some, this syndrome would be close to rabies, less the risk of transmission. This can lead to dangerous excesses for the cat by pushing some masters to abandon their companion for nothing.

The only thing to know about this syndrome is that it does not exist. No scientific study mentions this concept to explain the “irrational” aggressiveness of the cat.

How do I react when my cat attacks me for no reason?

The cat never attacks without reasons. It’s up to you to understand what could have forced your companion to attack you in one way or another.

In any case, your response should not be aggressive. Do not shout, and do not hit your cat for any reason. This will add tension to an already delicate situation, and perhaps even trigger a new attack. Ignorance will be the best answer, do not doubt it!

To channel your cat, you can enrich its environment with toys (balls, catmint mice, fishing rods, etc.) and a cat tree. This will allow him to spend himself during the day. This is all the more important for an indoor cat that does not have access to the outside world.

In case of too much aggressiveness, do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian. He will be able to determine the cause, prescribe a treatment if necessary and suggest that you see a feline behaviorist.

In summary, our domestic cats are not so wild. But it is necessary to take enough time with them to share their universe, and better understand the reasons that incite them to attack us.

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