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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-14-2014, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hissing, Growling and Violent after Plastic Bag Incident

So I didn't put away one of the plastic bags from my groceries quickly enough, and my kitty got herself caught in the handle and ran through my apartment freaking out, before settling under the couch.

I managed to get the bag off eventually, with a few war wounds on my hands.

Now my normally loving cat is extremely angry and violent. She won't eat her dinner either. I'm trying to give her space to let her calm down...but how much time does she need?

Some people online mention that their cats never acted the same after getting caught in a bag...I'm just worrying about her! I think it was quite traumatizing. Anything I can do for her other than just let her (hopefully) come back around in her own time?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-14-2014, 11:19 PM
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This was a bit like Book after the great balloon caper. He wasn't violent but was so terrified he'd void his bowels if I tried to force him out of the bathroom.

It took about 3 days for him to leave the bathroom, but any little noise and he'd high tail it back there. It was about two weeks before I felt confidant enough to remove the litter box from there. It's been a few months now and he's still not 100% secure. It really messed with his confidence.

Just go slow and don't try to force her to do anything she doesn't want to.

Also, get reusable bags. Safer for kitty and better for the environment.
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awww the poor thing got herself a good scare. she will be fine. just sweet talk her and try some treats. put those bags away!!!

i reuse those bags for litter pickup....but i never leave them out. if your going to keep using them...maybe cut the handles so she cant get caught again and then just tie the ends if you re-use them?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2014, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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She got brave enough to come out and I woke up in the middle of the night and she was sleeping on my leg. Any little movement would cause her to hiss and growl at me...but baby steps I guess! That was kind of one of the more terrifying sleeps I've had though.

Yes. I always reuse them, and only get them when I forget to bring a reuseable bag.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2014, 01:41 PM
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Since I got Charli I've been diligent about immediately cutting the handles, so afraid she will get choked, because as they stretch they just get tighter. Your poor baby got a real shake up. She will be okay in a couple days. Just check her neck to be sure no trauma there.

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