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Violent cat!(5 Posts)
So. I posted last September when we had to have out beautiful big fat boy pts - it was heartbreaking and we knew we would get another one, but left it a couple of months. We saw this gorgeous tortie at the rescue centre and after spending some time with her decided to have her. She is the prettiest thing you can imagine but - she is incredibly violent. That sounds like a big word for a tiny kitty but that's the only way I can describe her. She was taken back twice as people couldn't handle her but we really don't want to do that. She will be sitting nicely next to me and I'll have been gently stroking her for an few months when for no reason shell bite very hard and scratch deeply. We've tried leaving her alone - she'll creep up and sit next to us, looking like she wants fuss; playing for ages with toys and feathers - which she loves and just ignoring her - she'll get cross me go for our legs!! I really don't quite know what to do - we've had her for about three months now and last night was the worse when she drew blood on me which needed a plaster. She's 5 and a half and I'm at my wit's end! No physical issues, she's very sleek and healthy and has so far brought 5 mice and 3 rats home! Any suggestions would be most welcomed 😁 luckily we have no small children around - when the grandson comes over she runs away...
* few minutes not months 😂
It sounds like it could be a mixture of frustration/boredom and then over-stimulation (attacking when being given fuss). Torties are also known for having a bit of an attitude although she will definitely mellow with age.
It's also possible she wasn't taught proper cat social skills when young and doesn't know the difference between playing and aggression.
I would use a water spray bottle when she attacks to show her it's not ok when she attacks or shows signs of attacking. It needs to happen during/immediately after or she won't know what it's about. Usually you only need to do a it a few times and they learn.
Combine with regular play sessions to help her work through her energy. Da Bird or similar feather toys are great. Or a laser pointer to get her running.
Pet Remedy or Feliway around the house (spray or plug-ins), possibly Zylkene in her food, it's a supplement that helps calm cats.
Do you recognise any pattern with the attacks i.e. is it in the evenings after you've been out at work all day? Before a meal time?
Thanks. I wasn't sure about water spray but will give that a go. There really is no pattern at all! She wags her tail constantly which makes us think she was possibly brought up with a dog and also maybe not socialised properly either. She's so gorgeous we can't bear her being so horrible! Will certainly give all your suggestions a go. She's been particularly tetchy today - unimpressed with the snow we think 😁
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