Big scare tonight...
I don't know what to do...
Recently, my cat.. Who is my baby and my best friend, who I love more than anything, who I hand raised from 2 weeks of age, has become very cold and aggressive. I took him to the vet, and she said he's super healthy and that it's behavioral.. She made it seem like he's just being playful, but I know his play-aggression and this is something so different and totally random. NOTHING has brought this on, I went through everything they suggested and none of that is going on. He's always been spoiled and never abused, he's adored and doted on in my household, he's always been super affectionate... Nothing has changed. Nothing except him, that is.
It just started with random attacks, but now suddenly he is starting to show displeasure at any sort of interaction at all. He doesn't want you walking near him, petting him, holding him, and he looks at you with this totally cold expression.. He only attacks me, though, and just runs from everybody else. It is not boredom. This cat at least gets played with at LEAST 15 minutes of every HOUR until bed time. It's not overstimulation. I'm never EVER touching him when he does this. It's not play-aggression. He never shows any of these signs when playing, and he's a pretty rough player. He's not doing it for attention either- he gets tons of that. Even when he's across the room, I'm busy chatting away to him and sweet talking him.
One day, I was on the phone and getting ready to leave the house. He was following me, like always, and sitting on the counter. Suddenly, he pinned his ears back and went for my arm. (I wasn't even looking at him.) I thought he was just playing and very gently pushed him away and said "No". This has ALWAYS, ALWAYS worked in the past when he started playing rough with us. He jumped off the counter, pinned back his ears, started thrashing his tail around and chattering his teeth. I was a little unnerved. He only does this when he is showing legitimate aggression. He went for my (bare) leg and sunk his teeth into me. I pushed him away a little harder, said no again, and he started this weird howling-meow and kept chattering away. I took a few steps back and he followed me with this scary look on his face. I ended up escaping, and took him to the vet a few days later (he was repeating that event towards me a few times almost each day.) I was given feliway. He was a total sweetheart for awhile, but slowly he's becoming more and more aggressive again. It started with him just nipping with his ears pinned and then giving me this glare (usually when I was just walking to my desk), and then slowly but surely all the symptoms came back... But now he's worse. He's not just aggressive, he's not loving anymore. He'll rub up against you, maybe, but then he's done. He still follows me, but from a distance. When I look at him, he has this cold sort of glare I never saw him wearing before.. He always just had this dopey loving look before. He won't sleep next to me, and if I move too close to him in my sleep (as in within his reach, not even close to touching him) he will sink his teeth into me. He still greets me when I come home, but from a distance again. He will no longer come up to me.
Tonight, I was sitting on the floor working on some art when he lunged in from the other room and went straight for me. His ears were laid back, his teeth were chattering, he was full-on glaring and meowing at me all weird... His breathing got funny, and his tail was lashing. He destroyed the arm I used to defend myself and literally was so vicious he backed me into a corner. I couldn't get him off of me. If I pushed him, he destroyed whatever touched him. I couldn't pick him up, he would destroy my arm and go for my face and neck. If I stood up, he would viciously attack whatever he could reach. When I tried to escape by slowly backing away, he just followed right along. I was so scared and heartbroken I started crying, and he seemed to settle for a moment. His mouth closed, his ears perked, and he stopped attacking. He approached me very slowly, seeming intrigued. I was in a defensive position, and as soon as I let my guard drop even in the slightest he went right back to attacking me. I managed to get him out of my room, and then locked him out for awhile. Next time I saw him, he wasn't being aggressive, just very very cold.
I am so heartbroken over this that I can't stop crying. My right arm and hand are both entirely bandaged up, my legs are a little bloodied up, and my other hand is a little scratched. Every time he comes near me, I'm so frightened I start shaking or sometimes even crying. I love him more than anything, and for awhile in my past he was all I had. He is neutered, still has his claws, is perfectly healthy, and is only 2 years old.
I just don't know what to do...
I'm so terrified of my own baby..
What can I do?