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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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not sure what to do...

So I have had my cat for a little over 3 years. We found her when she was a kitten, someone had set her out beside the road. She has always been a people cat, she didn't run when we stopped to pick her up, in fact she came right up to the car. She was around many different people in her first two years, never running from anyone. She follows me around the house and brings me her toys. She loves to cuddle in my lap and sit on the sink while I get ready in the morning. But, over last year we have had an on going issue with "psycho" episodes. She is a moody girl and her fight or flight response is always to fight. She will attack. While we have a special bond and she trusts me unconditionally I do not trust her. I put her up when company comes, but the thought of surprise company is so stressful. She is just so unpredictable. We have had three incidents in the last week, both resulting in a spray bottle and time out. Normally we have two or three incidents a month. I have tried filway and composure liquid, nothing works. I can't figure out what her trigger is. I can tell when she is in a mood...but at this point anything will set her off. Some days she is so mellow and others she is on edge. I just don't know what to do, I am so stressed over this situation. I have a constant worry that she will attack someone that stops by...or me. Although, I have dealt with her enough to know what to do I still don't like to let her around other people because of her unpredictability. I'm so tired of this constant worry. Does anyone have any suggestions or has possibly dealt with a similar situation?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 07:41 AM
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This might be something medical. Have you taken her to the vet? Also, she may be picking up on *your* stress which is making it worse and feeding the cycle. Beyond that I'm not sure. Hopefully someone with more experience will comment.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 08:37 AM
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I would take her to the vet to rule out any medical issues. Then your vet can make suggestions on what to do from there. Hope it works out for you and your kitty.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 09:20 AM
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I had a cat like that once, but her attacks weren't as frequent as yours seem to be. The vet found that she had an irregular heart beat and prescribed her some medicine to regulate it. It calmed her right down and she was her normal sweet self after that.

Like Sharpie said, your own stress is only going to make her stress worse. Do what you can to remain calm about the situation and that will surely make at least a slight difference.

Thank you for taking in a little kitty in need and caring so much about her. You'll get this straightened out soon.
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