“Any time the safety or well-being of either the pet or human is in question, a professional should be brought in to determine the best course of action,” says certified dog behavior consultant Michael Shikashio. An animal exhibiting 'quirky' behavior like excessive tail-chasing [could] be suffering from underlying issues.” The first step is seeing your veterinarian.“A pet owner shouldn't expect a quick fix,” Shikashio says.If pain is ruled out, a behaviorist who works with cats may be able to help. Some pets lick themselves so compulsively that their fur comes off and their skin is raw. “Animals who don't have their mental and physical enrichment needs met can display undesirable behaviors,” Shikashio says.Loud noises, being left alone, or even a change in routine can upset your pet. If your dog is just bored, increasing walks and spending more time with him may help.In these sessions, behaviorists put together two to four dogs in a controlled situation, to teach them social skills, Zawistowski says.The dogs and their owners are under strict supervision and given plenty of space.They may let you know by batting your hand away with a claw.Cats are territorial and may not want certain people or animals in their areas.
If your cat is showing aggression and you can’t figure out why, you should have her checked out by your vet to see if something physical may be causing the behavior. Both can also be destructive: relieving themselves where they shouldn’t, and destroying things around the house. If you live alone and work long hours, your absence could upset your dog.
Mother cats may act aggressively if they think their kittens are threatened.