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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-22-2005, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Oliver got on my last nerve

I don't know what to do with this cat. His behavioral problems are beginning to "shine" again. I've had a good 2 (almost) years with him but I only wonder how much more I can take. When I was younger, my parents had a cat of ours put to sleep because he was too mean. That cat was an ANGEL compared to Oliver. I think I need to think about making a decision with Oliver.....he has some chemical imbalance or something because he just isn't right. No one should ever have to be scared of a little cat. This has just gone to far. His behavior is like nothing I've ever seen before.

Here's what he did tonight...tried to bite my foot and i was going to pick him up and put him in the basement ...no big deal. Well he got a hold of my arm, grabbed on, and did this with his back feet...





I honestly don't think I can take much more.....I love him dearly but he might be better off put to sleep...
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Have you looked into medication?

How about a feline behaviorist?

I hope there's something that can help him live a good life.
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*HUGS*

I know that it's really hard to accept, because we want to do everything within our power for our pets. But some things are out of our control. A chemical balance is not unlikely You've gone above and beyond what most pet owners would do for their pets, don't ever let anyone make you feel guilty for your decisions. I know you know in your heart what's best for Oliver.

I'll be thinking of you.
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Ouch, Heather that looks so painful! I know you've been through a lot with Oliver... I don't exactley know what to say. I'm sure you'll do the right thing, whatever you decide that is for you and Oliver.

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How is Oliver acting? Does he seem happy, overall? Or tense? I would imagine that if it were some sort of "imbalance", the world is not a very stable place for him. Does he react defensively, like there is some fear of you in his mind? Or is he acting like you're the bad guy?

How often does this happen, again?

I'm not saying it's your fault at all. And I'm not saying that this isn't something that could possibly be treated. But if there really is something going on in his brain that is causing irrational behavior, I wonder if it may be making the world pretty scary for him .

Just thinking out loud...
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Do you think he'd do any better in a one-cat household? Maybe he's just not a social cat and is just too stressed out with the company of the other cats. I don't know anything of what you've been going through with him. But it's not good at all to inflict those kinds of injuries. Sometimes bad behavior is dependent on circumstances and can be changed. But I recognize that sometimes it's just an irredeemable personality defect.

Sorry for you and what you're going through.....
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It is a one-cat household, though. And the possibility of getting him a playmate was raised before, actually But I think those cats are her parents
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He is in a one cat household right now.
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OK, I understand. (trying to grasp at something)!!
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Heather, I don't have any words of wisdom for you, but just wanted to say that we'll support you! I think those of us that have been able to follow Oliver's story can certainly understand the helpless feeling you are experiencing right now.
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