Cat has become attacking bitey nightmare!

(14 Posts)
MrsFilthPacket Fri 04-Nov-16 21:06:20

He's always been a placid lump, a lap cat, will slump next to you on the sofa for a nice tummy rub. I've always been his "human" - he sleeps either on top of me or next to me, and has to touch me. In the past two days he has become a hissing bitey nightmare - I can't sit down on the sofa without him attacking me. He has savaged my arm with his claws and teeth and looks a bit mad, with a snarling face, or with his tongue sticking out.

I've no idea what has brought about this change in behaviour. He was yowly when we came back from holiday, I put him on some "calm" cat food, and the yowling stopped and he settled down, back to his usual self. Now he is miaowing to himself and savaging me, but the yowling has stopped. Any idea what has brought on this change in behaviour, please?

MuggaTea Fri 04-Nov-16 21:09:07

Has anything chanfed in the house? Visitors etc? Perhaps he is in pain? Might be a trip to the vet.

LadyMoth Fri 04-Nov-16 21:13:04

Is he a ginger tabby? I've heard they can go like this.

I'd take him to the vet to check if he's ill or has a problem, like splinter stuck somewhere.

Weedsnseeds1 Fri 04-Nov-16 21:27:47

Maybe he is in pain for some reason? Vet check as PP suggested. Even if he's annoyed at you for going on holiday, this normally takes the form of the "cold shoulder" rather than physical violence!

bikerlou Fri 04-Nov-16 21:30:29

He's definitely ill, cats like that don't suddenly just attack. My last cat to do that turned out to be in great pain with cancer so please get your cat checked out.

Lanaorana1 Fri 04-Nov-16 21:33:57

He's ill and it's hurting him. Vet, I would.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 04-Nov-16 21:36:00

Vet, definitely.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Fri 04-Nov-16 21:36:11

I agree with previous posters, please get him checked out. My cat has always been bitey and scratchy but as it's a definate change in behaviour it could mean he's in pain.

Good luck, let us know how he is.

MrsFilthPacket Fri 04-Nov-16 21:45:27

Thanks - will sort out a vet visit asap.

RubbishMantra Fri 04-Nov-16 21:55:19

YY, he's in pain - something's not right with him.

He needs a vet appointment, ASAP. Ask for blood/urine tests (vet can extract urine) to be done while you're there if they can't diagnose immediately - It may be something as simple as he got into a cat fight, and has a painful abscess.

Saves more stress for your poor boy, rather than multiple visits to the vet.

And bring a fresh poo sample if possible.

daimbar Fri 04-Nov-16 21:58:56

Definitely Vet. It could be something serious like a brain tumour that's needs swift attention.

OhTheRoses Fri 04-Nov-16 22:01:45

How old is he? Cat's get dementia sad

MrsFilthPacket Fri 04-Nov-16 22:44:41

He's 7. I think too young for dementia. Will see if vet can see him in the morning.

Botanicbaby Sat 05-Nov-16 09:51:07

Hope he's ok & nothing serious.

I would agree sounds like he's in pain.

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