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Hi i have a cat we got her 3 years ago. Before we got our dog nearly 2 years ago she started attacking me. I have lived with this for 2 years and it is becoming worse.

I don't want to have her put down but what do i do. I have contacted my local vet a few months ago and they pretty much made me feel horrible noone understands how bad it is unless they have seen her in action.

At night i have a ritual to do so i let her in make sure i have done everything i need to do then i feed her then run to my room. If i don't do this and feed her too early she will hunt me down and lunge at me and draw blood( pretty bad on many occasions once she got a vein in my leg and it wouldn't stop bleeding).

I have never done anything to her for gods sake i am the one looks after her. I can tell when she is going to get me now i have worked out her look but sometimes she gets me unexpected. She occasionally try it on my children and it gets me concerned what if she gets someone in the eye or something. I can't even touch her now like last night i went outside around 3.30am and she came back in with me so i picked her up so i didn't have to be attacked and she bit me really hard on the hand. I have a sore there today

I do love her and don't want to do it but i am over it. Why should i be scared in my own house by a cat? It makes me sad! I am a bit annoyed at the vet as they really don't want to do it they told me to give it to a new home but i tried to explain to them she is dangerous. I have had people not believe me until they have seen her my sister witnessed my cat in action we were sitting on the lounge talking and my cat just jumped onto my back with claws and teeth out and it bloody hurt Why is it different for a dog that is dangerous.

So i need advise on what would you do this s a safety concern but i don't want the vet to be angry at me although hubby will have to take her in. I have let this go for ages as when she is just laying around she is a beautiful cat although you still can't go near or touch her.

Please help me!!!!!!

BRA QLD 6yo & 4 yo girls

Hi

Firstly, I think you need to seek the opinion of another vet. It may be she requires some kind of medication to settle her down.

Does she attack guests or your hubby?

There are animal behaviour specialists that may be able to help also. Not sure of costs or availabilities in different states, but could be worth looking into.

I agree though, something needs to be done & if you can't go to a different vet, maybe your sister can act as a witness to the behaviour with your current one.

Can you put her outside at all to get a break from her attacks?

Good luck hun, does not sound a happy situation. xx
Hi,

Thats unusual behaviour for a cat. I've always had cats. I had a half feral part siamese and she hated everyone except me. People used to cross the road if they were walking their dogs as she would go them. But she was half feral and was outside 90% of the time.

Have you tried adjusting her diet? Does she have toys to play with? Have you tried a water pistol for discipline? Sounds funny I know, but perhaps she doesn't know the boundaries and is trying to be top cat / person within your household / family. I have taught my cats (we have 2) 'manners' with a water pistol. Both cats know where they sit in the family and if they misbehave then you only have to look at them and say "have you been a naughty cat?".... and they bolt.

This might also sound bad but when she attacks have you whacked her back? If you haven't then you have been submissive and told her that she is boss, thus encouraging the behaviour. You don't need to whack hard (little tap will do it) and end it with a push, as it makes her become submissive. I have also pinned (lightly) one of my cats with my hands until she has become submissive... older cat went mental at other cat and then started at me. Cats are like dogs and need to be set in their place within the family / pack. Watch some Dog Whisperer and it might help you.

I am not sure where you live, but if you are in Vic I might be able to find your cat a new home if my suggestions don't work or if you want to get find your cat a new home.

I hope some of my suggestions help you and your cat learns her place.
Thanks for he replies. We only have one vet in town. So no other opinion available.
Yes she attacks my hubby to she one got him square on the nose and it wouldn't stop bleeding. She will circle around my sister sometimes. But my sister quickly moves out the way. She goes out side but i like her in at night for obvious reasons wildlife and other cats.

She doesn't play she sleeps all day only gets up to eat have bought her stuff but not interested. Thanks AnitaO i will try the pistol thing. Hopefully that works. She used to lay on my lap when i was watching TV and fall a sleep upside down like being held like a baby. I tried to do that the other night i don't know like to show her i love her i try patting her and she just bites me I think sometimes she does think it's a game but it is so not fun. I have whacked her back many times she will sometimes try and have anther go at me. I have resorted to having to grab a wooden spoon or soup ladle whatever i can get my hands on to defend myself lately as i said it is getting worse.

BRA QLD 6yo & 4 yo girls


Thanks for he replies. We only have one vet in town. So no other opinion available.
Yes she attacks my hubby to she one got him square on the nose and it wouldn't stop bleeding. She will circle around my sister sometimes. But my sister quickly moves out the way. She goes out side but i like her in at night for obvious reasons wildlife and other cats.

She doesn't play she sleeps all day only gets up to eat have bought her stuff but not interested. Thanks AnitaO i will try the pistol thing. Hopefully that works. She used to lay on my lap when i was watching TV and fall a sleep upside down like being held like a baby. I tried to do that the other night i don't know like to show her i love her i try patting her and she just bites me I think sometimes she does think it's a game but it is so not fun. I have whacked her back many times she will sometimes try and have anther go at me. I have resorted to having to grab a wooden spoon or soup ladle whatever i can get my hands on to defend myself lately as i said it is getting worse.



Try the pistol thing. Go to vet and ask him to check her teeth, and have a feel for any lumps. She could have a sore spot and be trying to tell you about it. My Uncle had a dog who was lovely and then went nutso.. turned out that she still had a stitch in her side from being desexed (it was there for years). It never dissolved, and caused her pain.... I pulled it out accidently and got a lovely bite for my effort. But she was happier after that!

Remember that animals don't understand the expression of love like we do and for them they get showed love by boundaries and reinforcement (ie, water pistol when bad and pat or food when good).

Good luck and keep us informed. I find animals totally fascinating! Weird I know!
Hi,
I like cats...but I'd say bugger the vet and have it put down. Attacking humans is not ok and she sounds feral.

Fiona.
Along the lines of the water pistol, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and when the cat does something you want to stop spray her (avoid the eyes). Cats hate the taste of vinegar and she will get the message pretty quickly.

This how I have always taught my cats not to scratch the couch or even jump on it.
my friend had a cat like this and attacked my wee girl when she was like 14months she was walking up steps no where near it out side and it came out of no where.

it attacked an elderly neighbour so it had to be put down.

her cat went like this after it had been hit by a car.... has anything tramatic happened to your cat like a hit to the head from something like this??????
This is an out there idea but my sisters cat was similar...maybe not as bad but used to bite your ankles ect!
It turned out he had liver problems...I wonder whether it's illness related?
It's such strange behavior from an obviously well loved pet!
Hope u find a solution
My cat has not had anything traumatic happen. I wish there was an answer but my hubby has had enough. He is getting upset that she hurts mostly me all the time.

Last week i had to call out to him to save me as she was lining me up. She is a well loved cat i have always loved cats but i am finding it hard to trust when she comes near me anymore i always am on the defense just in case.

I bought her from a pet shop and when i got her she was riddled by fleas so maybe she is half feral i don't know but my hubby has just sent me an email saying "ring the vet tomorrow she can't keep doing this to you" But i do love her but i think she has done too much damaged physically and on the trust side of things.

I will give the water bottle a go but that will mean i will have to carry around everywhere as you never know when she will be in her attacking mood
Thank you for all the replies will keep you informed.

BRA QLD 6yo & 4 yo girls

hi
i am totally against euthanasia for a healthy animal.
there are people out there who are able to and willing to rehabilitate or at least assess animals to find out if they can be rehabilitated. there is the RSPCA, animal welfare league (in QLD i know of anyway) shelters, you could advertise for another owner in the paper, ask the vet about whether there is anyone they know who is good with cats etc etc
there are so many options available and the cat may have a medical or trauma-related reason for its behaviour.

growing up we took a cat from a farmer who was going to shoot it and it had a domesticated mother and a feral father. it was an awful cat. it didnt like to be patted or held, it used to attack unprovoked, it was a real "feral" cat - and with good reason - it was feral. but we kept it and dealt with it and loved it all the same because we still loved it.

the thing is, at the end of the day, its not going to kill you or maul you to death the way a vicious dog can. you can get their claws clipped at the vet to eliminate scratching and perhaps its bored? does it have a scratching pole? toys? is its diet right? is it allowed outdoors? Have you had it checked over to make sure it doesnt have an absess or a tumour or anything that could be causing pain thus making it aggressive if you approach it?
there is heaps of things to consider before killing it and if it came to that, im sure there are plenty of people out there who are dedicated cat lovers and willing to take it off your hands if it came down to it. If i didnt have 2 dogs who liked to eat cats for breakfast i would take it myself just so it wasnt going to be destroyed.
where abouts are you?
i will gladly find you the phone numbers of resources that will take her off your hands to stop you from destroying it.
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