A new study reveals that training methods are linked to aggression in cats


According to a recent study conducted by the University of Guelph, aggression in cats can be prevented with the right training techniques.

Cat parents can play an important role in preventing aggressive behavior in their pets, a University of Guelph study suggests. Lead author Kristina O’Hanley, a PhD candidate in the Ontario Veterinary College’s Department of Population Medicine, said the study found cats showed less aggression toward owners who use positive reinforcement to manage unwanted behaviors.

Instances of aggression toward owners, other people and other cats were more severe in homes where owners used verbal commands like “No!,” made loud noise when scolding their pet or held their cat by the scruff of the neck.

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