Is there a way to control my cat's occasional bouts of short term insanity? It only happens at my mom's house, and usually at night.
My otherwise lovely, energetic and somewhat odd cat (obligatory picture here
) goes a little nuts whenever we visit my mom's house.
We usually start off fine, but as soon as it gets dark out, she'll start growling and hissing, sometimes turning on a dime. She will also sometimes lash out people who get too close, especially my mom who she seems to hold personally responsible. Right now, she is hissing and periodically attacking her own tail.
We've tried to figure out what the problem is. We normally live in a small apartment in the city, and my mom's place is a large house in a small village. There is definitely more wildlife outside and sometimes we wonder if she is hearing things or smelling things outside. She also seems to freak out even more if she sees her reflection in anything shiny - something that doesn't bother her at home.
Obviously, she is not comfortable in this environment, but we're not comfortable leaving her behind if we're visiting for more than 24hrs.
What I'm looking for are suggestions of things that might make her more comfortable, and that would be less stressful for all of us (we're not big fans of her random attacks on the family). I know the mefi folks rave about feliway, but I've heard it can take a while to work and wonder if it's worth using if its only for a couple of days at a time, or if it would be just kicking in as we were leaving.
Suggestions for calming her down and eliminating her Dr. Jekyll and Ms Hyde behaviour? FWIW, she does seem more comfortable in the living room, and we try and leave that room as hers when she's here.