Play aggression is simply cat play that that uses teeth or claws too rough for ourselves or others. Play is learned by a cat’s mother who socializes her kittens. When her kittens get too rough, she simply removes herself – teaching the kitten that it will not get attention with such behavior. We can take a lesson from a mother cat – just remove ourselves from the cat when it gets too rough to send the same message.
Kittens and cats practice the prey sequence and other components of hunting that may be viewed as too rough, yet it helps improve physical skills. Examples of play aggression include:
|Belly up||Vertical stance|
|Side step with or without body arch||Horizontal leap|
Unfortunately, cat caretakers tend to encourage rough play thinking that it is fun at first but this leads to problems later. However, caretakers should encourage appropriate forms of play with wands and other toys. Appropriate play helps form the human-feline bond and gives them an outlet they need to practice natural play/prey skills. At the Hotel 4 Cats, as cat sitters we foster a healthy play environment and encourage you to bring your cat’s special toy during their cat boarding visit.
Our boarders are viewed as “guests” and are part of the family. Our pet boarding service is more than just providing kennel service. We provide a tender loving cat care service while ensuring an exceptionally clean, quiet and cat enriched environmet. We are emotionally commited to making The Hotel 4 Cats a “home away from home”.
Blog is adapted from Animal Behavior Institute (ABI)
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