Help me keep my cat.
May 8, 2012 6:22 AM Subscribe
Cat Problems. We have a 7 year old cat who has always been mean to others, but loving and affectionate with us. Recently this has changed. What other options can I explore, as I don't want to give the little jerk up. Details (lots) Inside.
posted by pickinganameismuchharderthanihadanticipated to pets & animals (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My cat has now viciously attacked my wife 3 times since the new year. Other than those incidents he has been his lovable, cuddly self, which makes this even harder.
The first incident occurred when I was cutting off a door knob with a sawzall (don't ask). This makes a lot of noise. My wife was in the room with him and moved a carpet he was sitting on without realizing he was there. He went crazy, leaping at her, making terrible sounds, and drawing blood. We are talking big scratches and bruises. I moved him into a back room and left him there for awhile.
We chalked it up to a really bizarre combination of circumstances, he returned to normal for the next several months.
Then he attacked her after a door blew shut to a room he was in (this has happened many times before), she opened it and he pounced. Similar attack and results.
We took him to the vet. All his physical signs (blood, virus stuff) were normal. We installed cat pheromone dispensers in the house at the vet's recommendation.
It happened again the other day. This time it was triggered by me running through the house. The bar for triggering him seems to be getting lower and lower. My wife is really broken up, not so much the physical hurt, but she feels betrayed, the little guy is family.
It isn't safe to have an animal in the house that periodically goes crazy. I know this rationally, but he is also 7, and the likelihood of finding a safe place for him is low.
I don't want him to go to another family (especially one with kids), as he might hurt them too, and I think he would be miserable in a shelter, as he really hates other people.
What can I do? Has anyone else experienced this problem before? Is the behavior solvable? We are willing to try any realistic option that will allows us to keep him, as long as he isn't a danger.
Most importantly, if we can't fix the behavior, what can I do to ensure he lives out his life in a safe and comfortable manner? Are there any options for problem cats?