What should I do with my extremely aggressive indoor cat that I cannot let outdoors?
I have had my spayed rescue cat since she was 3-4 weeks old and bc she was so young and her mother abandoned her and her siblings, I had the opportunity to bottle feed her. She was active and sweet when she was a kitten and loved being affectionate & being pet and held. My cat's aggression began at 3 months. She is 1 yr 8 mo.
I live in a small studio in a city and my lease agreement requires that I keep her indoors and also I am afraid she would get hit by cars. I bought her a cat tree (about 45") and many toys but she has become progressively more aggressive over time. She doesn't let me pick her up, she growls, swats, and hisses when anyone gets close to her and especially when she is being pet, and she scratches (so hard she draws blood) and bites out of no where during the rare instances when she sits in my lap.
Any advice is greatly appreciated as I love her despite her behavioral problems and just want to be able to show affection to my pet without being attacked.
on May 1st 2012
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Whenever there is a drastic change in a cat's behavior, especially for a reason that's not apparent to its owner, we always recommend a trip to the cat's vet. Your cat seems to be reacting out of fear. Research what's gone on in her life over the past few months. Do you have other pets, children or adults who may be harrassing or teasing her? Delilah was a biter and it took 2 years of patience and love before she would sit on my lap w/o biting or clawing. Speak with your vet about your cat's aggressive behavior. They may put her on a short course of "kitty prozac" with some behavior therapy as well. Caution people not to try to befriend her when they come visit. Let her be on her own unless she asks for affection. You both need to visit her vet and try to get to the bottom of what's happened over the past few months to change her personality and ask for advice on how to get your sweet kitty back.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 5/2/12. Helpful? / 0