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Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Aggression: fear

Contributor(s): Emma Magnus, Karen Overall

Introduction

  • Fear can be a normal, adaptive response, given the context. When the fearful behavior is out-of-context and normal behavioral responses are replaced by those characterized by intensive arousal and active avoidance or withdrawal, a diagnosis of fearful behavior may be involved.
  • Because of the nuances of the neuroendocrine arousal system in cats, the majority of cats who are fearful are also aggressive.
  • A description of behaviors that manifest when fear and aggression are both involved may relate to 2 diagnoses:
  • Clients complain about fear aggression primarily when humans are the foci of the attacks; however, fear aggression can focus on other cats or animals of any other species.

Pathogenesis

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Outcomes

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