Hissing, Growling and Violent after Plastic Bag Incident - Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-14-2014, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 10
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?
interminable is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-14-2014, 11:19 PM
Premier Cat
MowMow's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Looney Bin
Posts: 9,288
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.
MowMow is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2014, 12:08 PM
Cat Addict
gizmothecat's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 1,577
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?
gizmothecat is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2014, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 10
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.
interminable is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2014, 01:41 PM
Sabrina767's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 260
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.

Mom to Charli, Maggie, Baby Kitty and Tessa!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Sabrina767 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome