|Purred: Mon Apr 22, '13 10:42am PST |
|I rescued a young cat this winter, now named Sylvie, when it was extremely cold. She was being terrorized by other cats in the neighborhood and was hanging around my house, hiding in the window wells. Long story short, I managed to lure her into my garage with food - then got her into a carrier and into my spare bedroom. It took about two weeks. She spent the first month hiding under the bed. When she finally came out, I started to try to "engage" her. She wouldn't play and seemed disoriented. I figured she had been through a lot and was just scared. I had petted her a few times, but this time, she bit my finger - hard! I have had cats for years but never had a bite like this... so I ended up going to the emergency ward just in case. I felt it go through my little finger - top and bottom - it was bad! It swelled up quickly, they had to cut my rings off and it got infected - so I'm glad I went to the hospital. Anyway, they gave my an IV of antibiotics, flushed it out - and I took two kinds of antibiotics for 10 days afterwards.
For such a little kitty, she has a mean bite! Of course, I know it was my own fault... I tried to push her too quickly!! (Altogether, she has tried to bite me three times, once successfully.)
Finally, about two weeks ago, I got her into the vet, got her fixed, checked and all her shots. (The vet said she's around a year old.) Before I attempted to get her into the carrier, I went out and bought a pair of welding gloves - to prevent the possibility of any more bites.
I also went out and purchased a Feliway diffuser... and I really think it helped settle her down.
We've been doing much better since she was fixed. I go into the room and spend time with her every day, several times a day. She is finally playing with a feather wand... and rubs up against my legs now. I will admit, I was actually afraid of her after she bit me but I'm not going to give up on her. I still wear the gloves and she will rub up against them, too... but...
Two days ago, I was in with her and she was rubbing her head on the gloves. All of a sudden, she delivered another really hard bite - but with the gloves on, I was fine. I was so sad, though... I felt like we had lost a lot of ground. There were a few things that were different about that particular visit, though - one that I was talking on the phone to someone (not paying attention to her and talking soothingly to her, as I usually do) and also one of my other cats had started to scratch at the door - and I raised my voice to scare him away. I wonder of my louder voice and quicker movements scared her?
When she tried to bite me, I just looked at her and said "bad" and left the room. I certainly didn't want to scare her more! And when I came back in about an hour later, she actually fell at my feet and rolled over on her back, as if to say she was sorry!
So.... do you think my behavior caused this last bite attempt? And - does anyone have any suggestions for me? I feel I am the only hope for this little girl. I really have seen a lot of progress but the biting thing really worries me. She's so darned fast - and she's NOT playing!
Sorry this is sooo long - but if anyone has ideas they can share with me, I would really appreciate it! Thank you!!
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