Agguato nel giardino di casa

CRONACA – Coloro che hanno la fortuna di possedere dei gatti o magari una cucciolata di gattini, conoscono molto bene questi fatti di cronaca. Giocare, saltare, arrampicarsi, nascondersi e cogliere l’amico o il fratellino di soppiatto fa parte del divertimento quotidiano della maggior parte dei gattini. A volte però fra gatti conviventi possono scattare comportamenti aggressivi, dei quali le situazioni più comuni rientrano in quattro gruppi principali: aggressività territoriale, aggressività fra maschi, aggressività per difesa e aggressività reindirizzata. Leggete (qui) se desiderate saperne di più.

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Anyone who has a kitten knows that cats are instinctive hunters and that much of their early play is a kind of training for predators: jumping, climbing, hiding, pouncing and launching surprise attacks are all part of their daily routine.
For the most part it’s all good fun. Sometimes though it can get out of hand. Ankle-biting and unexpected scratching, rare though they are, must be dealt with before they become ingrained habits.
The experts say that learning to anticipate these play attack is very helpful. The kitten learns best if the unwanted behavior can be stopped while it is in the “thought” process rather than the “action” process. Something that will reliably distract the kitten from the attack works best. A whistle, clap of the hands or stomping of the foot may be sufficient. There is a good discussion of these techniques (here).

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