... will my cat become bitter and angry from being crated for so long?
I followed everyone's advice on the previous question and picked up a big dog crate for my hurt fuzzball
(her sister has been spending a lot of time laying near the cage like that, but they don't really acknowledge each other if we put them in it together; we tried it hoping they'd comfort each other somehow). She was fine in it for the first few days (probably still too sore to do much), but she's started crying to get out. It's heartbreaking to hear, and of course I know I shouldn't let her out (the few times we tried it, her leg gave out after a bit, which scared her and caused her to bolt for the nearest high surface...not good).
Over the last two days or so, my partner and I have noticed that she's started biting more. She was always the type to nip occasionally (we could only pet her on her terms
, you see) and, while we tried to curb this as much as possible, we also know it's just part of her personality. However, this morning my partner was cleaning up the litter she spilled in the bottom of the cage, and she tried to bite him. I reached in to pet her, and she bit me. These aren't little nips, either. We've been doing our best to give her enough attention and distract her with toys and such, but I guess that only does so much good when you're locked in a cage 24/7.
So, my concern is that this change in personality may be permanent. We were planning to keep her crated until her vet appointment the morning of September 2nd, but I'm concerned that, when this crate business is finally over, she won't be my (usually) sweet kitty anymore. Does anyone have experience with something similar? Or advice as to how I should handle it?
Possibly relevant information: her painkillers ran out on Friday evening. Could she just be extra bitey because her leg is sore?
Also, before someone asks, we have been gently stretching her bad leg occasionally to keep it from stiffening up, and she stretches it almost every time she changes positions.