Cat keeps attacking me when new smells are present help
My cat keeps trying to attack me. She is 5 years old and is lovable and follows me everywhere. However attacks started about 2 years ago and happen about once a month. I have tried holding her in a blanket for two hours trying to get her to calm down. No change she still tries attacking me. I end up having to lock her in a room for days before she will calm down and not try to attack me. What I think causes the issue is new or unknown smells. I go to a friend's house with animals and when I come home she will bite and hiss nonstop until I lock her up. I recently got a leather sofa and she is again going crazy. I have had her in the room for 3 days and she is still upset. I don't know what to do anymore I can't live in fear of her. I have tried the calming pills from petsmart no help. I am lost. does anyone know of anything i can do besides giving her up? also who or what would i give her up too the city pound
on Aug 10th 2012
in Behavior & Training
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Holding a cat in a blanket will never calm them down. Cats are territorial and want their scent on you as theirs. Please don't lock her up. As soon as I would come home, I would have a treat for her when I entered. Then, I would get the interactive toys that I play with her and play for ten minutes. At the end, give her a reward. She will then probably want to get her scent on your clothes to replace those others. Don't corner her as she may hiss. Leave alone once you are finished playing with her. Ignore her and do whatever you do. Wait for her to come to you. Please don't give up on her. You mentioned that she is loving until she is nervous about those smells. Whatever you do, relax. Your stress is felt by her. When I brought Ben back from his two week stay in the hospital. Natasha would hiss at him because of how he smelled. Once he was back to his usual smell, she was fine. I just ignored her and left things alone. As for the leather sofa,
I would place her own blanket on it.
Alexander, Dreamboat #110 answered on 8/10/12. Helpful? / 1