why has Eva started biting and hissing at everyone. Her bites are bad bites
Eva is a female cat that got fixed and declawed about 2 weeks ago. I took her yesterday to get her stitches out. Dr. Garrett said she was fine. I even told him she was being really mean. He just said she was being pissy. I brought her home and she was still being mean. Our youngest son is 10 and she is attached to him but she even bite him. When we try to play with her she starts out like she wants to play then she starts hissing and biting. Whats matter with my cat for her to start being mean all the sudden. She was good after her surgery when she was hurting worse. Now she can climb up on the couches and on top of the bunk beds but how dare anyone try to love her.
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Without getting on my soap box about what a truly horrible thing declawing is to do to a cat, biting and aggression is a very common behavioral outcome. www.declawing.com
If you scroll down this article you will see a section about psychological and behavioral complications that are common.
Allie answered on Apr 12th.
Perhaps Eva 's hormones are adjusting from the spay. A spay and declaw is traumatic (so it a vet trip/stay) and it may just take her a little time to adjust to being back home. Mine were front declawed and it did not turn them mean. I would give her her space and interact on her terms for a little while. Patience & love.
If Eva's personality has changed so drastically, I think it's a little more than being "pissy". She may be fine physically, but mentally, she's not. If Eva is an "older" cat, over the age or 2 or 3, it takes a lot longer for the hormones to leave her system than if she were a kitten and spayed. If she were mine, I'd just leave her alone until she settles down and caution your son to do the same. After a while, you can re-start the playtimes with a feather teaser on a pole--a "hands-off" sort of toy. If she accepts that, then you can start the love sessions again--slowly and carefully and watch for signs she's about to "lose it" like growling, etc. Make sure you wash the bitesand/or scratches thoroughly and watch for swelling and redness.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/14/09. Helpful? / 0
How old is Eva?
Kittens might do k with being declawed, although some of them don't, which result in behavioral problems (see above response).
OTOH, Adult cats should not be declawed because they are used to using their claws to defend themselves. Take away the claws, and it can make a cat insecure and worried about being able to defend herself. You must be thinking "but we have been nothing but loving!", but unfortunately you were also the one who dropped her off at the vet where they took her claws away. She may be associating her humans with what is a very deep loss she suffered.
She may also still be in pain from the declaw (some cats require special litter for the rest of their life due to declawing) . Cats do not show their pain by whining, but do show they are hurt by behavioral changes. I'd ask another vet for an opinion if yours insists that she isn't having any problems.
Meanwhile, don't force contact with her. Patiently respect that she needs some space right now.
Gracie answered on 4/14/09. Helpful? / 0