Dr Jekyll with me, Mr Hyde with others.
I have a 2yo, tortoise shell, indoor, de-sexed, female cat and she really is the most affectionate cat I've ever had. She's talkative, always follows me around the apartment (my appartment is as big as most houses), sits on my lap when I work, sleeps with me at night... you get the idea.
But that's with me or my fiance. But if I'm not around and/or other ppl are in the apartment she becomes a savage. It's happened on a few occasions where I've been out and left visitors on their own to when I return I'm met with horrid tales of my cat going psycho, scratching them, and having to somehow shoo her into a room and close the door. I'm not talking playful fights, I'm talking back arched, fat tail, claws out, hissing and she really has a go at other ppl. Real savage attacks.
I couldn't believe it at first. I had my parents over two months ago who are cat people. I left them to go to work to be called 40 minutes later that my cat "had lost the plot" and they shut her in one of the rooms where she'll hit up against the door. My dad told me that "in my my life and all pets we've had, I've never been scared of a cat, until today!" When I returned she was all meows and leg-rubs as if it never happened. But a few times while I was there she'd hiss or jump at my parents, I'd rush to the area and see her sitting down making a low growling noise.
My fiance (I think) is trusted like me, but just the other night she was at the appartment with 3 other adults and she started to go psycho and scratched my fiance on the leg. Again, when I got home later she's calm and happy to see me.
I seem to get the idea that she gets vicious when she's left with ppl she doesn't know or feels out numbered by strangers.
She's spolit, she's only ever known the insides of two appartments. She gets fed well, gets a new flea collar every 6 months, etc... well loved. I'm going to start triming her claws (to save our new furniture and for our protection), but after that I'm at a loss of what to do?
If anyone can give me some insight and ideas it would be greatly appreciated.