Hillman "Beware of Attack Cat" Sign | cat Housewares | PetSmart
Understanding when a cat might attack can save you from injury. When the ears are back (the telltale sign of aggression), you should never try to touch or pick up a cat because you’re at high risk of being bitten or scratched — injuries that could require hospitalization.
A few cats treat owners like another cat in the household and attempt to dominate them in a peck order or hierarchy. These cats may growl or hiss when you join them on the bed or attempt to move them. Some will block doorways and show the typical signs of aggression such as tail switching, dilated pupils, flattened ears, and hissing and spitting. Signs of aggression between cats are often subtle. Some owners misread the maneuvers of these cats as simple play. Cats that are not dominant in these situations often loose their potty training and look unkempt. Generally dominant cats are cats that are highly territorial as well. Cats do not reach social maturity until they are about two years old so sometimes this problem can be late in occurring.
A rapid heart rate that seems abnormal (tachyarrhythmia), followedby hyperactivity that appears erratic, could be a sign of an impendingfeline heart attack. The fast heart beat and quick movements can makethe cat pant or have shortness of breath in a short amount of time. Acat may also begin to wheeze as if he had asthma.When a cat has a heart attack, there's usually little warning thatit will happen. However, there may be signs a cat will display that aresymptoms of an upcoming heart event that will help pet owners know heneeds immediate veterinary help.Another form of arrhythmia is bradyarrhythmia, meaning the heart hasa slow heart rhythm that's not normal. A slow heart can negativelyaffect a cat's health in several ways, is often a sign of an upcomingheart attack and is often treated with a pacemaker. Again, a slow heartrhythm is a symptom that may only be noticeable to a vet.Let people know that you have an attack CAT in your yard, and that they should BEWARE. Plastic sign has raised letters and is sure to get people's attention.Dr. Goldstein classifies the severity of asthma attacks in the following four categories: (1) mild (the symptoms occur intermittently — but not daily — and they do not interfere with the cat’s lifestyle); (2) moderate (the symptoms do not occur daily, but when they do, they are more severe and debilitating, and they interfere with the cat’s activities); (3) severe (significantly debilitating symptoms occur daily); and (4) life-threatening (bronchial constriction results in potentially lethal dyspnea and consequent oxygen deprivation, which causes normally pink tissues, such as the lips and nose, to turn blue).
My ordinarily nice cat gets very agitated whenever anyone new comes into the house; she has even attacked some visitors.
These are signs of fear aggression a defensive behavior toward unfamiliar stimuli, like people, animals, and noises. Unpleasant experiences, like a trip to the veterinarian's office, may also trigger fear aggression. A cat displaying this sort of aggression hisses, bares her teeth, and crouches low with her tail and legs tucked under her body. Her ears are flat against her head, her pupils are dilated, and her fur stands on end. The veterinarian will need the cat's complete health history, which will include any history of heart disease, a detailed list of symptoms and an approximate date and time when the symptoms first began. The veterinarian will then physically examine the cat, listening to its heart and breathing with a stethoscope, taking its pulse and blood pressure and looking for gait abnormalities that could signal a blood clot. The veterinarian will pay close attention for any signs of heart murmurs or muffled heart sounds that are indicative of fluid in the pericardium, which is the sac that surrounds the heart muscle. Although a tensed body, flattened ears, and lashing tail are typical of the warning signs a cat gives before an attack, cat owners must learn to recognize signs that are particular to his or her cat. Young children are especially at risk because they may be unable to read a cat's body language.