Is this normal cat behavior?? Baloo is over a year old now so definitely can't be called a kitten anymore. He is just displaying some behavior that is downright dangerous and at times scares me
This is my first cat, so I don't know if his antics should be considered normal or not......
Most of the time, Baloo is a super sweet, super cuddly ball of love, and he will let you do anything to him without complaint. HOWEVER, he has a completely different side to him that also comes out. He will literally ATTACK me indiscriminately at times, like meaning business, all 4 sets of claws out and teeth ready to go.
Sometimes it happens when he is playing around and must just get over-stimulated I guess and go for my leg as I walk by--and then just escalate out of control from there. Other times, however, he does this when I do something to annoy him, like move him when he's laying down, accidentally push him over, pet him when he didn't want it, etc. etc. Anything he didn't happen to like at the moment really.
He makes a weird sharp sniffing noise, sits back on his haunches, looks me dead in the eyes with his pupils all dilated, and springs on me full force, all four sets of claws out, wrapping around any part of my body, my legs, arms, but most preferably my FACE! He will hold on and claw ferociously, biting me sooooo hard, and it is impossible for me to stop him. If I yelp in pain, he gets extremely aggravated and attacks me even harder. If I try to restrain him, he attacks even harder also. He will spring on me again and again with no regard for me at all
It's scary because he could take an eye out the way he springs on my face. I have had to start physically HITTING him away from me because he just doesn't stop. If I throw him in the bathroom for a minute, he'll come out completely fine like nothing happened, but that doesn't help STOPPING his attacks in the first place. And sometimes I'm not in a position to retrain him to throw him in the bathroom when he's springing on me....
What do I do guys? He's such a butterball most of the time, I've even taught him to high five, sit, and lay down on command. But I'm seriously considering drastic measures like declawing him or something
Which I've always been totally against.....His violent behavior is just totally unacceptable. It's like he turns into another cat. Any advice on handling this situation??