March 3, 2012 8:03 AM Subscribe
I can't shake the feeling that I must hurt my pet, help?
posted by anonymous to Pets & Animals (34 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
One of my cats always manages to really piss me off. He is a very sweet, loving animal, and I can absolutely not say anything bad about him as he's a little sweetheart (besides being as destructive as an active adult cat can be) however, for some reason well and I keep (say, once every couple weeks or month) getting these purely compulsive thoughts that I must get rid of him, more even: that I want to see him suffer, cry in pain, die, etc... I have a few other cats (some of whom are equally loving, others not so much) towards whom I definitely do not feel the same and am not compelled to hurt any of at all. Just this one, freaking cat.
Obviously, I do not, have never and never plan to act on these violent thoughts, but they sure scare the heck out of me! This is a particularly depressing situation since I really love animals (any and all of them) and cannot understand why I came to... feel these things towards this cat in particular.
Therapy is something that I've been doing on and off for years, for a number of reasons (depression, ADHD) but never really brushed this question as I am somewhat afraid of mentioning this to my therapist and be labelled a nutjob or be forced to do something I do not want (hospitalized, etc.)
Furthermore, I have mentioned to my husband that we should adopt this cat out, but it's one of his favourites and he does not see/nor understand (I do trust him, but this is something I've never talked to anyone about) why we should do it.
Besides this, my life is very good and fairly normal. Help? What to do?