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Feature July 2013 Issue

Interpreting Aggression in Your Cat

The triggers can be subtle and take devoted owners by surprise. Here’s how to read your cat’s cues in order to redirect — or avoid — the behavior.

Petey, a much-loved, six-month-old kitten, has been able to hold his own in a family that includes two active boys and two dogs. Petey’s owner, Mindy, was a long-time dog owner; Petey, adopted at just seven weeks of age, was her first cat.

One morning, little Petey purred and squeaked in delight as Mindy played with him — rolling him over on his back, and letting him grip her forearm as she stroked his tummy. But…

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