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  • My cat has gone vicious

    We have two cats in our house, one is mine and the other is my daughters although in a way they are both ours. I got my cat from a shelter about 5 years ago. She was 2 years old when I got her. My daughter got a kitten that was 8 weeks old several months after I got my cat. My daughters cat has hated my cat since we got her. They have set up territories in our house with a couple that are for both, you know the old watering hole and litter boxes.

    My daughter has hated men since the day she moved in. She used to sneak up on my husband and swat at his privates. Yeah he had his slacks on but that is where she attacked him when he was sitting down. She's mellowed a bit and doesn't go after him very often but if any guys, my son included comes over we have to lock her up or she will go for theirs.

    She has always been very loving to my daughter, and is usually nice to me, I could pick her up and pet her. But then Friday happened. I was walking from the kitchen to the living room down the hallway when I slipped on something. My feet flew out from under me and I fell hard on the floor. I screamed. I hurt my shoulder, my left knee and being an old lady I just laid their crying trying to figure out how I was going to stand up. My daughter opened her bedroom door to come to see what happened and her cat ran out of the door and attacked me. She hissed and swatted at my feet with her claws. My cat ran out of the computer room and chased her away from me. Ever since then, if I come close to her she has swatted at my feet. I sat down and gave her some treats hoping it would calm her down but she was still vicious toward me and my daughter took her back into her bedroom where she curled up in my daughters lap and purred.

    Today, I was walking to my chair in the living room. Addie was under the coffee table and when I went by she arched her back spitted, growled, hissed and swatted at my feet. I was able to get to my chair without getting hurt but my husband was mad and he yelled at her and squirted her with water. She ran into the dinning room. About 10 seconds later she attacked me while I was sitting in the chair watching tv. My arm was on the arm rest. It is know scratched and was bleeding. She was hissing and growling and spitting and yowling and she jumped on the top of the back of my chair. My cat again ran out of her room and chased her away from me. I was really scared. I thought she was going to attack my head or neck.

    Anyway, she is back in my daughters bedroom and is peaceful. Does anyone have any idea what has happened to her and what we can do to stop it?
    Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

    “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
    but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


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  • #2
    Originally posted by Thekla
    My daughter has hated men since the day she moved in. She used to sneak up on my husband and swat at his privates. ...we have to lock her up or she will go for theirs.
    I trust that's a typo. You mean "...daughter's cat...," correct?
    Originally posted by Thekla
    Does anyone have any idea what has happened to her and what we can do to stop it?
    The daughter? or the cat?

    Wait. Wait. Wait. You're asking if a human has any idea how to understand and help a cat?


    I know you probably don't want to read this but when it comes to cats I'm a big, big fan of Smith & Wesson treatment. Colt or Ruger styled interventions will work just as well. It's inexpensive, clean up is easy, and it's quick. If you don't have the equipment I'll bet a neighbor does. It's the humane thing to do; it puts them out of everyone's misery.


    That's what's good for cats. You really, really, really probably don't want to know what I think cats are good for.

    And, hey, if it's not a typo... it'll work on men-hating daughters, too (although you might have to do it yourself).



    On a more serious note. Get the cat declawed and spayed or neutered (probably already done if from a shelter). Behavior management plans work on cats. Start with simple, consistent, and immediate rewards. Reward good or desired behavior; ignore undesired behavior. To get the cat to come to you just dip a finger in the cat food can and put a drop on each side of your neck. The cat will come right to you and purr like a motor while it likes your fingertip. Or, more practically, keep a few cat snacks in your pocket and when the cat comes pet it with the grain of its fur for a few minutes, then give it a treat and let it go. Do this with increasing frequency (once day up to five or six times a day) and then back down the frequency (to less-than-once-daily) over a one-month period and you'll have a new cat. It'll work on daughters, too (but you'll have to use something like chocolate-covered strawberries instead of cat food in most cases ).

    But you can't stop cats from spontaneous racing freak-outs. That would be like trying to get a raccoon to stop washing its food.

    S&W is faster, cheaper, efficient, and solves the problem permanently. Give it some thought.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Josheb View Post
      I trust that's a typo. You mean "...daughter's cat...," correct?

      The daughter? or the cat?

      Wait. Wait. Wait. You're asking if a human has any idea how to understand and help a cat?


      I know you probably don't want to read this but when it comes to cats I'm a big, big fan of Smith & Wesson treatment. Colt or Ruger styled interventions will work just as well. It's inexpensive, clean up is easy, and it's quick. If you don't have the equipment I'll bet a neighbor does. It's the humane thing to do; it puts them out of everyone's misery.


      That's what's good for cats. You really, really, really probably don't want to know what I think cats are good for.

      And, hey, if it's not a typo... it'll work on men-hating daughters, too (although you might have to do it yourself).



      On a more serious note. Get the cat declawed and spayed or neutered (probably already done if from a shelter). Behavior management plans work on cats. Start with simple, consistent, and immediate rewards. Reward good or desired behavior; ignore undesired behavior. To get the cat to come to you just dip a finger in the cat food can and put a drop on each side of your neck. The cat will come right to you and purr like a motor while it likes your fingertip. Or, more practically, keep a few cat snacks in your pocket and when the cat comes pet it with the grain of its fur for a few minutes, then give it a treat and let it go. Do this with increasing frequency (once day up to five or six times a day) and then back down the frequency (to less-than-once-daily) over a one-month period and you'll have a new cat. It'll work on daughters, too (but you'll have to use something like chocolate-covered strawberries instead of cat food in most cases ).

      But you can't stop cats from spontaneous racing freak-outs. That would be like trying to get a raccoon to stop washing its food.

      S&W is faster, cheaper, efficient, and solves the problem permanently. Give it some thought.
      Yeah, typo daughter's cat. I wouldn't have the guts to put cat food on my neck that would be like inviting a vamire to dinner. I've had cats for 30 years. This is the first one I've had that has gotten vicious like this. Usually and it is like that with my cat, one would think I was the main lioness in the pride and the others obeyed me. We support each other. Addy, is living up to her name.

      I've had dogs for 30 years too, but when the last one died my husband didn't want to get another. He said he couldn't bear the idea of cleaning up after another dead dog. My husband had cancer about 10 years ago, our poodle would lie next to him, if he was lying on the couch the dog would lay on his stomach. She gave him much peace and comfort and joy. He was very hurt when she died at 17. She was like a child. She also got along with the cats we had then. The cats died at 20. I needed a pet to love. Munchie filled the bill. Addie well she loves my daughter but I think she would like to drive me, Munch and my hubby from her territory.
      Last edited by Thekla; 11-06-16, 07:33 PM.
      Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

      “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
      but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


      Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

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