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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2009, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Don't know what to do.

Perhaps this is premature, but we just don't know what to do. We have had our cat for about 3 years now, ever since she was a kitten. She has always been playful and happy. When we walk by her she rolls on her side and starts purring begging for pets. Always talking to us and wanting attention.

Tonight, around 8pm, she was sitting on the window windowsill and something must have scared her, the window was opened and she went straight through the mesh. She has never been an outside cat. Within a minute she was grabbed and pulled in, all the while she is screaming at the top of her lungs hysterical. On the way up she urinated everywhere. We got her to the bedroom she stays in, but she was very aggressive and actually bit me in rage which has never happened before. All night she would hiss/growl at any noise. Eventually she would let us get close to her and even pet her. We thought it was over, and my fiancee went to sleep in the room. A few hours later (about 1AM) I decide it is time to get to bed. I slowly, walk in the room, watching the cat. She doesn't seem to mind me, half asleep at the feet of my partner. I get in the room and the cat looks curious so I let her sniff my hand and she rubs against it, in the the way she begs for pets. I start petting her and she begins to purr for the first time since the incident earlier. After about 2 minutes, maybe less she bursts out into growls and starts hissing and trying to chase me around. We displayed dominance, the first time in this whole fiasco, and then finally left the room because she wasn't calming down. Now she is all worked up again and is highly aggressive to both of us, so much so that we cannot even enter the hallway to the room she is in without loud screams.

What can we do? She has never behaved in such a way before and we understand she is scared, but we want to make sure she doesn't stay like this...


Edit: I just remembered she has also been far more active in sniffing around, almost like she is looking for something. At least, when she is angry. Not sure if it matters.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2009, 12:01 PM
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Re: Don't know what to do.

Welcome, and I am sorry you are having problems with your kitty.

It seems to me that your kittys saw/heard/smelled something outside that frightened her (yowling, trying to chase the 'intruder' away and urinating on herself) and caused her to act out. This is called re-directed aggression or mis-directed aggression. It happens when a cat sees/smells something that frightens it or causes it to go into "protect" mode and since it can't reach whatever caused it, the cat just reacts to whatever is around it (usually the household pets/people).

Here, this seems to describe what happened with your kitty. Scroll down a bit and it discusses when cats direct their aggression to their human caretakers and ways to resolve the issue.

Best of luck resolving this,

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2009, 03:13 PM
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Re: Don't know what to do.

if this behavior doesnt disappear I would suggest giving her Spirit Essence drops in her water and food. Ive seen it do wonders in cats with behavior problems. Good luck. Keep us posted
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2009, 06:31 PM
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Re: Don't know what to do.

Yup. sounds like your kitty had the you know what scared out of her and she's reacting absolutely normally. Unfortunately, she's redirected her fear onto you. She's not being aggressive, just scared. I would just let her be calm and cozy in the bedroom or another room, give her food and water, don't approach her, just talk to her and no eye contact until she settles down. It may take a little while but be patient and she'll be fine. Most importantly, you must remain calm! Use a soothing voice and above all else, do not get angry or harsh with her.
She still loves you, she's just a little confused right now.

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