Cats are not always the sweet, cuddly creatures they seem to be. They can often become aggressive and lash out when they don’t feel safe or threatened. You should never put yourself in danger and you should try to soothe your cat by giving them a place to hide, petting them softly, and offering food and water.
How to Calm a Cat Down at Distress
You might think that cats only get angry when they’re hungry or something is wrong with their litterbox but this is not true (nor is it the whole story). Cats also lash out because of stress from things like moving homes or new roommates–or even just because someone has been stroking them too much! In any case, it’s important that you learn how to calm down your cat properly before they start to act out, or worse.
What to Do When Your Cat Goes Into Attack Mode
If your cat has not yet attacked anything (such as you), the best thing you can do is offer them a place to hide. This could mean getting them into their carrier if they’re used to that, or just offering up a closet or your bathroom.
Once they are in that safe place, you can start to pet them softly. Cats have barbs on the underside of their tongues so if you rub them there it will feel very soothing for them–as well as give them a sense of security with you being close by. You can also offer food and water at this time as they might be hungry or thirsty.
If you have tried to give your cat their space and still nothing seems to work, it might be time to get them to the vet. If the problem is stress-related there could be something medically wrong with your cat that needs attention. Don’t wait around for things to get worse, visit your vet.
What to Do If Your Cat is Already in Attack Mode
If your cat has already attacked you, it’s important not to panic or hit or kick at them because it will only make the situation worse. Instead, try throwing a blanket over them so they are covered up–although this might agitate them even more if they are super scared.
At this point, you should definitely get them to their hiding place so they can calm down. If you do have a carrier for your cat, get it out and open it up–if they are used to being in there you might be able to just place the carrier over them which will help protect them from other things in the room such as your dog or a loud TV.
Next, try fanning them with something that has a light breeze to it such as a newspaper or towel. You can also turn on the radio and play some soothing music for them–all this will help to calm them down and give them a sense of security again. Finally, you should offer food and water so they have something to focus on besides being scared.
What If My Cat Attacks Me?
If your cat has attacked you in the past do not show fear or nervousness–if you are nervous or scared it will only make them more aggressive. Instead, stand tall and hold your ground because if your cat can sense that you’re afraid it will only make them more likely to lash out again.
You should also never hit your cat if they are attacking you because this will not help anyone–in fact, you could end up hurting yourself or even increasing the intensity of their attack. If possible, try throwing a blanket over your cat so they are covered up and cannot see what is going on–this should help to take away that reason for their attack as well.
Although it might be scary, you should also try to remain as still as possible until your cat calms down and stops acting out. The more you move around the angrier they will become so if you can lie on the floor and just wait things out that’s the best option.
If the aggression is due to a medical condition you should try to get your cat to their hiding place as soon as possible–a carrier or bathroom where they can calm down and feel secure once again might be enough to help them regulate their breathing, heart rate, and brain activity. Of course, you should also take them to the vet just to be sure that there isn’t something else going on.