Lovely cat was taken in by us last spring after a year in a rescue centre. He a neutered male of about 8 or 9 now.
I know when we come back from holidays he is a bit 'off' with us.. even though he has been fed and cared for in his own home.
The first time we went away he tried to scratch or bite me, dh and dd (then aged 10).
This time we came home and dh said cat had tried to scratch or bite him.
I did a REALLY stupid thing and was stroking him from the front, ruffling the scruff of his neck and telling him off (I always tell visitors not to stroke him from the front) and he just went for me. Several scratches (4) all around my arm.
I was so upset about the scratches, I have been ignoring him, but he is now walking around like a dog in a manger. He is not short of attention, dd loves him to bits (I'm afraid I've cooled a bit now) and even my in-laws love him!
Since then he has had a hair ball come up and bring up breakfast on the carpet (undigested) and then some more (better digested)!
He's got into a fight and got a scratch on his back, not big.
He brought in a dead bird last night and another today.
He's bringing you presents because he's glad you're home. The scratches are his displeasure at your being away. Maybe next time don't make a fuss on arriving home - let him come to you, but be careful. My cat has a bit of a sulk if he's been left, but given time comes out of it.
mineofuselessinformation I thought the birds could be gifts but I really don't want them. How can I discourage this? He is overweight (on special diet), probably almost 10, what's that in cat years - 49 or 70 (?) and so I am gob smacked he can catch the birds (in the dark!).
I am not sure I am cut out for cat ownership, long term! We had thress cats when i was a child, from age 10 to about age 33. The had one other cat before this one.
This one is so temperamental!! (Our last cat was not at all temperamental and never bit or scratched past being a kitten.) We had him as a kitten and I wonder if this meant he was more attached to us. We chose an older cat this time. But then my friend's son had a kitten and it grew up to be very antisocial.
Thanks Cozie I was doing well but felt sorry for him tonight. He is such a mixed up thing! He comes close then moves away! It's just the scratching, I find it really annoying, I had bare arms and it really hurt. (wimpey face)
Don't feel sorry for him - that's fatal for all concerned. What he needs is the security of having a Top Cat back in his life - to take the strain - and lots of yummy routine. That will relax him and cheer him up.