Cats are both predators and prey, and people are often perceived as the predator. Understand and learn how to both read body language and how to approach cats on their own terms is very important.
Fear is the number one cause of feline aggression and understanding that will help those who wish to help the cats. If a cat bites or scratches badly or is behaving abnormally do not attempt to touch or approach the cat. Remove the cat so it will not attack a person or other animals. Keep it calm in another room it might be very frightened. Do not punish or confront the cat. All this is going to do is increase the aggression the cat thinks you are threatening it. Cats often calm down after a couple of hours of the incident. Continue to be cautious.
When a cat is about to attack, the body is held in a straight-forward position, pupils are narrow, the tail may be moving rapidly from side to side, ears are back, and whiskers are forward. Beware!
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