Cat attacks me without warning
Hello. I have some problems with my cat that I've had since she was a kitten, and is now 10 years old, named Marmalade.
The problem is that sometimes my cat will attack my arm without much to any warning that I can tell. Sometimes we'll be snuggled up together with a blanket on the couch, I'll be reading a book, and then she'll have her claws in my arm. I may have tried to re-adjust my position slightly, I don't know if that is what set her off.
Othertimes, I have been woken up in the middle of the night to the feel of her claws in my arm. Because I was asleep directly before the attack, I don't know of what I may have done to provoke her.
Another thing that can set her off is when I sneeze. I will sneeze, go to blow my nose, and then have the cat staring at my with very black eyes, meowing uncomfortably at me. I am now able to avoid being hurt after I sneeze.
The strange thing about these attacks, besides not knowing what may have caused them, is that she never attacked my parents or brother when we lived with them, except she would go for my dad when he sneezed. (He did sneeze particularly loud and violently) And now that I've gotten married, she has never attacked my husband, but has attacked me.
I don't know when the problem started, but I'm sure that she never attacked me while my other cat lived. He died when she was about 2 years old, and soon after that my family (I was still a teenager then) moved into an apartment, one where my cat was now an indoor cat. I used to think that she was retaliating for not being allowed to go outside anymore, so when I moved out to a place that would allow her to gout outside, I started to let her, but it didn't seem to help her aggression towards me. She has sometimes gone months without hurting me, or she has hurt me twice in a week.
I know thats not much to go on, but I hope that you can help me to sort this out. Thanks.