Anytime you bring a new cat into your home, you need to do slow and gradual introductions. His nail flips about. I won’t give her up for adoption since I would not wish that she attacks another owner. Keep a physical diary or a mental note of the times and the circumstances when your cat bites or scratches you. He ran into our large back storage room. While the redirected aggression thing makes sense, we’re wondering if our cat is suddenly experiencing a need to go “alpha” in the house. I stood still till she calmed down and then I went out of the house and slept at my sister’s. He immediately started hissing and snarling only to turn on my fiancé and attack her. You’re also going to want to deter the outside cats from coming near your house. I’m still surprised by this. Give her time to settle down. Francis hasn’t been outside since I’ve had him, and while I was out checking the mail, I left only the storm door open. He would have remained gentle docile and tolerant. I also said a firm NO at the same time. So, we have two cat camps: Indoors freely moving about for 5, and Indoor Friendly in the cage, which at this point his vet procedures & injury is healed, so I need him out of the cage. After the third attack (at one point my family of 4 were all locked up in different rooms for protection while he went on a rampage) we put our Cat on Prozac. The first time was bad, he scarred my leg but I figured out there was another cat under our house at that point and I assumed that was the cause. I came back in the house and washed my hand petted her and she was gine. I would give her a couple of extra days to calm down, Alicia. It takes a few times of her going through this before she becomes normal. If this is what I have to deal with, even though it is quite painful, I don’t feel it’s a reason to give up on him. I felt heartbroken too and still do. I’m hoping that by the time you read this, this will have blown over. Please do not even consider declawing your cat, Marissa. So 3 days ago, my husband while coming home stepped on a urin of a stray cat beside out home. You definitely need to remove the trigger, so you did the right thing by blocking access to the window sill for your cat. Hello! It almost appears that the cats don't recognize each other. I totally understand that you can’t continue to live in fear of your cat! Hi again – we are now going into week 5 of our 2 best friend kitties, who were rescued together 2 years ago, having to be separated. These situations can resolve, but, as the article explains, it can take time for a cat to settle down after an episode like this. He’s always meowing and never shuts up, always begging to be pet, but we’ve been having an issue with him being aggressive and attacking whenever you touch his sides or his stomach ever since he was younger. I’m so sorry this happened to you, Lauren. There are lots of strange smells, and everything is different. She is about 8 years old. As I always do, I went to the bedroom and peeked underneath to say bye to him. I understand there can be stress for cats at times, with different things going on, but there are no loud voices, etc., taking place in the house so not sure what to do. He loves “watching cat tv” at the front window. I would also block off any windows where he can see the outside cats. My husband shut him in my daughter’s room, hoping it will help. I currently have two female cats, not yet fixed, that are both a little less than a year old. Don’t interact with him except to give him food and water. The cats are not fighting as a result. He/she may try to flee or attack, depending on the circumstances. Is there something I can do to help calm him down since I cannot get into the room yet? That breaks my heart in two, they are my babies and I want a happy home again. All the other hissing, making like dragon noises etc she has done. A terrified cat will respond with body language that’s obvious to an … He’s a year old now and never had a problem. My husband woke me up in the middle of the night yelling two of the cats are ripping each other up. Thanks to your reply, along with our vet’s info, hopefully he will be ok. A while ago I had left a comment re redirected aggression by my cat. Hello! Went to the vet and literally ran every test available, had her teeth cleaned since she had gingivitis, literally everything. I recently had an interesting interaction with my male cat. *Despite the fact that Maxx saved the cat, and despite the fact that the cat was known to be aggressive and had attacked 2 other people before, the video brought out the profound irrationality of many cat lovers who found snow kicking to be cruel and that Maxx "deserved" to be brutally harmed by the animal (her face also became infected). I just want to know if my cat will ever be my same Doodle again, or if he’ll keep associating me with the other cat and keep attacking me. I wouldn’t try to pick her up until you can be sure she’s completely back to normal. I had scooped him up during our walk to try and take him away from a potential cat fight when we passed someone else walking their cat. If not, give her more time to cool off, possibly by putting her in a room by herself for a few hours if you can do so safely, or by leaving the house for a few hours. I’ll check to see if my local petstore has the Feliway spray and will try that. I have a cat that sometimes bites when we pet him. Ultrasonic deterrent devices like the CatStop, or motion activated sprinklers like the ScareCrow keep other cats out of the yard without harming them. It scares me to no end when it happens. Should I have not showed her the reptile or what…please any advice would help. It may take a lot of time, but there is hope. You may also want to block visual access to any outside cats. My six year old does not eat much when stressed, so she is not guaranteed to come to the door and eat. Whenever Clawdia catches a whiff, she begins attacking very viciously and it does not stop. Also does being pregnant have any affect of him? We are currently on Day 10 of dealing with an apparent case of redirected aggression between our 2 rescued females. First of all, I urge you to seek medical care for yourself. I am so sorry you are going through this – I went through the same thing about a year ago this month and unfortunately, my two cats who were brother and sister, have had to be kept separated this whole time! Ellie guards the stairs, blocking access to the upper floor, but this is nothing new. Our vet wanted to to wait on prescribing medication for him and instead suggested that we try enriching his environment and consider getting him a playmate. Have her bring him his food or a favorite treat while you’re also there, since your cat seems to not associate you with the incident, but makes sure that she uses a pillow or piece of cardboard so she can put something between herself and the cat so she doesn’t get hurt again, just in case. I have two male cats & 2 dogs 15 years ago when i introduced my rescued dog to the house hold my male cat lunged at the new dog as if he thought we needed to be protected it took 3 of us to get the dog behind the bedroom door with the cat lunging all the way down the hallway. ** I have already scheduled an appointment for Lexi to be seen at the vet and I have already collected the urine sample as well. Unfortunately, it’s often impossible to tell what caused these incidents. As you well know, every time one of these episodes happens, things are getting worse, and it’s affecting everyone. I recommended discussing this with your vet and/or a feline behaviorist. Follow the same steps you would follow with two cats that have never met. I still can’t believe it!! He loosened his jaws on my arm and I held his scruff for a little bit until I felt he was ok. Intercat Aggression. The odd little mew comes out but very innocent and he is never bothered with us sitting on the couch beside him when watching. thank you for your advice If your cat was bitten, you should take him to the vet to get the injury treated. About 8 months later we got a second kitten, (spayed female named Zelda) so he could have a friend since we both went to mornings. I urge you to consider working with a feline behaviorist before you make any irreversible decisions. Wanted to send an update on my male, indoor cat who attacked me recently when some papers fell on floor. Fear Can Cause Cat Aggression. This is her way of getting rid of her aggressive feeling that she can't take out on the outside cats. Other triggers can include smelling a strange cat on the guardian’s hands or clothing, being frightened by something or someone, coming back inside after accidentally getting outside if the cat is normally an indoor cat, or even watching birds and squirrels outside. Our cat has been attacked and left with signature puncture wounds 3 times now by the local fat bully cat. Typically, redirected aggression starts when a cat sees another cat outside or smells another cat and becomes aggressive (territorial aggression), but can’t directly interact with the outside cat. Does anyone know what could have caused her earlier reaction in the first place? Could it be from still getting acquainted. He’s an indoor cat, fixed, and has always had a great temperament with us and all guests. Do you think this will subside over time? She has sadly had a few issue with redirected aggression toward me. The feral cat was even trying to jump up in the window sill to get to my beloved. and again it was traumatizing. Last night he freaked out when I closed the front door. Lexi is no longer bleeding or showing signs of having blood in her urine. He proceeded to attack my husband and was loudly hissing and meowing at the foreign cat. I understand how distressing this is, Amy. 1.) After my male cat had his issues I came to believe that, I would make him an outdoor. she was back to normal, loving and relaxed. The first order of business is to temporarily separate the cats. 2. Again, out of the bedroom she is the sweetest playful kitten following my every step and calling for attention, purring when carried. He obviously started becoming aggressive towards me. It can take hours, and sometimes several days, for cats to calm down after an incident. He started nipping and grabbing my boyfriend’s hand. It’s a very awkward situation the twice a day I come to check on her. But it was my bright idea to start taking him outside in a harness on a leash. Yesterday was the worst I’ve seen of it. 3.) You may also want to consider consulting with a feline behaviorist. They were the absolute best of friends and did EVERYTHING together. I have an indoor year old intact male cat that I have had since he was only weeks old. When he started using our whole place as a litter box I didn’t put two and two together. The first order of business is to temporarily separate the cats. We slowly opened the door and he seemed fine as long as we didn’t get too close. I don’t want him to hurt me again, or others if they are here. Now I know that all of the changes in my cats behaviour might not have ever became a problem had I not started taking my cat outside. Initially, you should probably be the only person who interacts with him. The Humane Society will hold her for us if we decide to change our mind. In the meantime, take precautions to prevent the stray cat from coming near your porch again and/or block off view of the porch. He’s an indoor cat and was laying at the screen door staring outside. When an outdoor cat pounced at the screen and tried to attack. Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Spraying Cat, High Energy Tortie, Redirected Aggression, Cat Obsessed with Bread, and More, Non-Recognition Aggression in Cats: A Case of Forgotten Identity, How to Cope With and Correct Petting Aggression in Cats. Thank goodness I was not next to my cat when she got in a state of rage as she would have viciously attacked me. I read all the comments above and noticed people saying that it might take several days for him to calm down but any reassurance that he actually will would be very comforting. Then, before you know what happened, she hisses and bites your hand. Today out of no where the cat lunged on the puppy and all three dogs were pulled into a fight with this mt lion cat. after my cat attacked me I have fed her this calming food and it seemed to work… Once I stopped, she attacked me again after a few months. It may feel as though your cat is attacking you for no reason but in your cat’s mind you have done something to deserve it. My cat didn't recognize me and got aggressive after seeing another cat. I’ll wait until later in the day to check again. She has an appointment tomorrow morning… along with our dog**. Keep your cat indoors, or get the other cat neutered. But this time was different he actually urinated and defecated where he was and as I went to go pick him up he became very aggressive very angry and basically attacked me . It’s so heartbreaking but your last post gives me hope. Stark (neutered male) was a happy camper. I am on edge now because he injured me severely. I just want him to go back to normal . After looking for a while, finally decided on getting a kitten a couple weeks back – we’re actually picking him up this weekend. You’re going to have to leave your male alone. We found physical activity helps , play ball she runs and catches the ball, loves to walk outside on harness and leash ,we have worked very hard with her. And all what he needs is available food, cold water, his litter box, toys to play. It sounds like whatever is going on with Lexi changed how she smells to your younger cat. What I did immediately was to firmly grab his scruff, not too hard and not lifting him or anything. I’m guessing all the noise is stressing him out, but it’s hard to say. They are fine with the barrier. Be very careful about handling him when he’s in attack mode. We haven’t been able to properly clean the area because we are afraid to be near our cat. She’s known us both since she was a kitten 4. Medication can be helpful in these situations, so see what your vet says. Thanks! I wouldn't be concerned at all as the sudden aggression has a clear cause - seeing the other cat. Unable to lash out at the perceived threat, the cat turns to the nearest victim. I am going to call my bed tomorrow and talk to him about this and see if maybe there is a type of calmer like Prozac for call that might be helpful. We both have been on antibiotics a couple of times. But Toby seemed scared of him after the fight which made me believe it was beau being tired of the hissing and some growling from Toby. Elsa will still his and growl every now and then, but not as much as before. And yesterday we neutered him. I had never even seen my cats fur like that. There’s nothing new in our routine or having the cat. Now my male cat is hiding in the basement and growls when you come near. I had the perfect cat. She came from PetSmart and was a little traumatized and was recently diagnosed with anxiety ( just this last month). About a month ago we were all eating dinner, normal night when out of nowhere she attacked full force on Stark. Use an enzyme based product to get rid of all traces of scent. a month after we moved, I started noticing that she was stressing out as she was shedding a lot of fur. My husband and I are sleeping in completely different rooms and I’m splitting my time between the cats. All Rights Reserved. Hi I have a cat who we adopted at about 7 weeks old and have had him for 2 years. You need to take your cat to a vet. We recently covered petting aggression and play aggression in cats. I hope he will love me again soon. Hi, you didn’t mention whether or not the cat is safe to have around children? They got back together some growling and Leary around each other. It’s possible that the fact that the light was off caused the stronger attack reaction as it was different from the usual pattern. I love her so much and can’t imagine having to giver her away. All day long, I have been going back there once every hour or two to try and give him food but he would freak out again so I just left the food on the ground. TheCatSite.com is a community of cat lovers dedicated to quality cat care and cat welfare. What I have done, however, is speak to the Owner and she told me the times her cat goes out. My foot has a couple pretty deep gashes that hurt but I have put antibacterial ointment on them, I don’t think I need stiches. You may want to consider working with a feline behaviorist. It never caused a fight. She lashed out at you, not because she temporarily forgot who you were, but because she was freaked out by the other cat and was in fight-or-flight mode. Here’s my questions: Have to do something, as I love ALL of my cats! It sadly takes me awhile to trust her again. When it happens she seems confused….one min she is hissing and snarling at me and a few moments later it is like she realizes it is me and starts rubbing her head on my leg or foot, smelling me, or trying to play with me. Any Advice? They were introduced to a Boston terrier and that went fine, we had the basement to ourselves ( bedroom, laundry room and living room) the dog left and everything was happy and they love my in laws. It’s now just become a lifestyle we are used to and I am not sure they will ever get along again. use some high value treats instead if that works, but otherwise keep going with the site swapping, scent swapping, and spending time with each cat as much as you can. I’m so sorry this happened to you, Cheryl. I walked into the room and called his name but he didn’t react. We realized the error of our method and began slowly introducing them. I cannot be scared in my own home just because there’s another cat outside my door. A year ago he attack me with injury bcz of his kitten. We thought of getting another cat for him to play with and maybe get some of that energy out. The rest of the time she is holding it and I am concerned that she is going to develop bladder and bowel problems. You’ll want to make sure that no matter how your cat feels about the new kitten, that things stay peaceful and you have the best chance at creating a … His is temporary, hers is permanent. I urge you to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible for more help and to get both cats spayed as soon as possible. Am I doing the right thing by taking away a place she loves…..Is there anything I can do? Now I am to threatened to be alone with her in the house. To my horror, I found that Friendly had squeezed out of his bib and had attacked Rascal again, things were turned over, Friendly injured eye and Rascal’s paws were injured. He will sometimes attack people’s legs out of nowhere. The scar on my leg just now is healing…it will take several months for all these bite wounds and scratches to heal this go around…. kitty sniffs or sees the other kitty’s paw under the (closed) door, she immediately hisses, which then causes the other kitty to start deep growling and hissing as well. He cannot see outside since blinds are barely open, so that isn’t the issue. The fearful cat may initially attempt to avoid the fear stimulus if that is an option. I’m so sorry this is happening to you. My cat attacked me out of the blue today. I have 2 holes in my thumb now. That’s what I’ve been doing. I am concerned about introducing a kitten into this situation. Now a year after, just yesterday in fact, I was at home and accidentally stepped on the other cat’s paw (the kitten), my senior cat got scared and attacked my legs and feet! He did it again last night. I have tried the plug ins that are supposed to calm cats and those didn’t do much. They had saucer eyes and both nervous. Yesterday, he was spooked when a box fell from a shelf, full of some papers I was going to discard. Predatory Play . Sometimes cats never fully accept a new kitten but will simply coexist, keeping to themselves away from the other cat in the house. He’s certainly not playing because he always makes an angry meow when he’s upset. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this, but this is NOT a breed issue. Female one got pregnant. The only concern was will she be okay with cats. A co- worked, also has one from a top breeder and same thing. I kept him indoors. But such fighting is also common among cats who live together. The cat simply reacts to a perceived threat. I understand that Ellie is territorial and insecure about it but am at a loss for what else I can do. I adopted a male cat seven years ago. Though for what I am reading in these post. I have them separated now and am trying to reintroduce them by site swapping and feeding by the door. Then he bit harder. 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