Why does my cat turn aggressive?

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Feline aggression can be a tricky problem to deal with and some cats are just unpredictable and aggressive by nature.

(Q) We have an eight-year-old chocolate Burmese called George. He alternatives between very loving and aggressive. When stroking him he suddenly wants to bite and will go for hand, face or other bodily parts! Help would be appreciated. We have just put a reserve on a Maine Coon kitten, which we will get mid July as we thought George was lonely. Unsure of what we are doing now.

(A) Joe Inglis writes: Feline aggression can be a tricky problem to deal with and some cats are just unpredictable and aggressive by nature. In most cases the best advice is to try to learn to read your cat's emotions and feelings so you can predict when he will be likely to attack. Tell-tale signs to look out for include slow wagging of the tail, the ears going back and a narrowing of the eyes - if you see any of these signs while you are stroking him, back off and let him get down from you, and this should minimise your chances of getting attacked, and also make sure George is not stressed as well.

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