|Purred: Mon Jun 24, '13 1:32pm PST |
|Hi We've had two cats, Lex and Lulu, brother and sister, since they were 4 months old. We got them from a no kill shelter - they were abandoned by their mother. They are now 5 years old. About two years ago the boy Lex started attacking the girl Lulu. To make a very long story short, Lex was either snuggling with Lulu or literally trying to kill her. She got so jittery that she would poop and pee when she was attacked. We tried lots of things, and after 2 years finally decided that they could no longer live in the same house (trust me, we didn't take this decision lightly and we tried EVERTHING). The incessant racket was keeping us up at night, even when they were separated. A week ago Saturday, we returned Lulu to the no kill shelter. We decided to return Lulu because she really didn't have any other issues, she's smaller and cuter, and we thought she'd be more adoptable. Lex pees standing up (doesn't squat - healthwise he checks out fine) he's a bit bitey, he scratches more, won't tolerate having his nails trimmed. We were afraid he'd never be adopted or be adopted and then end up in a bad situation.
Anyway, it had been going fine with Lex since we gave Lulu up - he was enjoying having us to himself - until yesterday. Our daughter J tried to brush him (another thing that's wrong - he doen't like to be brushed) very gently, and he basically tried to kill her. He didn't scratch her too badly because she found a couch cushion to put between her and Lex. But now she is afraid of him. He will snuggle with her on the couch a bit,but when she gets up, he chases her and attacks her. Does anyone have any ideas of how we can handle this. He's ok one minute, and the next his tail is puffed up and he's hissing and trying to attack her. We put him in the basement to calm down, but it's happened 4 or 5 times now. His sense of smell seems to be a factor. He seems to sniff at her quite a bit, almost incessantly. I actually had J take shower yesterday thinking she had picked up some kind of scent outside, but that didn't seem to help. Any thoughts/ideas/thinks to try? Thanks!
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