Non-Recognition Is A Form of Cat Behavior That is Not Well Understood

An Interesting Night in The House

Good morning, kind humans. It was an interesting night in our home last night. You see, the human brought Jacey home. He thought everything would be fine between me and Jacey. After all, we lived together for six years! The human worried about Koji’s reaction, but I was the one who caused problems.

Non-Recognition Is A Form of Cat Behavior That is Not Well Understood
Non-Recognition Is Cat Behavior That is Not Well Understood

I displayed a form of cat behavior known as non-recognition aggression. Felines displaying this cat behavior show aggression towards other felines they have known for a long time, like the six years Jacey and I have known each other.

The white coated humans do not know why this occurs. They speculate that there are two reasons why this might happen. First, it could be because the returning feline acts differently than they did before they left. This may be due to medication or sedation, and it applies to when felines visit the humans in white coats.

Sometimes, the smell of humans the remaining feline does not know triggers this cat behavior. This definitely happened with Jacey. She is such a sweet cat that many humans want to interact with her, so she picks up their smells.

When this occurs, it is important to slowly reintroduce the felines, and that is exactly what the human is doing. He is letting Jacey stay in the bathroom. And when he cannot make sure that Koji and I leave her alone, he closes the bathroom door so that she is safe.

I displayed another form of interesting cat behavior yesterday, redirected aggression. I did not target Jacey when I was angry. Instead, I went after the human. The human was very surprised, and had to let me swat his hockey stick instead of him. He did not like it at all, and did not get much sleep last night.

The treatment for this is the same as for non-recognition aggression. And by keeping Jacey in the bathroom, the human hopes to solve the problem.

Hopefully, my explanation of these aggressive cat behaviors will help you prevent them.

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