Cat very upset after outside time
February 19, 2012 5:35 AM Subscribe
Our indoor cat got outside, maybe tangled with a feral cat. He came back inside and is now growling and screeching in the bathroom. Bad situation. This is a long story.
posted by bobbyno to pets & animals (23 answers total)
Last night, about 12 hours ago, one of our indoor cats escaped. He is about 8 years old and is neutered. He has been out before at our current apartment and his outdoor behavior was the same as it has been in the past: as soon as he gets out there, he's very much a stranger. I found him down in the bushes and he would not come to me. He ran up another apartment's stairwell and I almost caught him. I got a poor grip on the nape of his neck and the second I put my hands around his middle, he went into super survival mode with high pitched intense shrieking and flailing. I had to let him go.
After that, it was back to the bushes and if I got close enough, he would let out his low pitched warning growl (sort of like a revving engine) and hiss. I went upstairs to wait for changes.
I repeated calling him out of the bushes with food and treats with no success. The third time I went down, a feral cat (there are several around here) was slowly walking towards him in the bushes. Our cat faced the cat down and growled and hissed and did not run. I tried to scare the other cat away by tossing cat food at him and he eventually retreated. Still, I could not get our cat. Other times, he has come up to our door when he is ready to come in, so we decided to wait him out.
A little while later, we hear cat screeching sounds from outside and I investigate and don't see our cat. The second time we hear him, we open the door and he comes inside. This is where things get intense.
He came in looking wary, sort of low to the ground. When he came toward me, he softened and looked like he was calming down and was back to normal. He did not look hurt. No limp, no blood, no limbs looking weird. I noticed he had some feces by his backside and went to grab him so I could wash him off before it got on the carpet. He retreated quickly to a large box we have for cat play and our other cat quickly ran in after him. Big mistake. The two cats exploded into a full fight, up on their back legs, screaming. They fought and chased to several locations while we shouted for them to stop and eventually the ended up in the bathroom, screeching and clawing more intensely than we've ever seen. My wife threw water on them, which broke them up and the non-escapee cat ran out of the bathroom and we shut the door.
So here is where we are now. Any time we approach the bathroom door and speak, we get the low, intense growl and most of the time this is followed by the high pitched "fighting" screech. This is what scares me most. We just got up and he is still doing it. He has food and a litter box in there.
I am hoping he will just calm down on his own. No matter what, I will make sure the other cat is locked away when we open the bathroom. Is he traumatized for life?