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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2014, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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feral cat that attacks itself

Hi all, please could someone give me advice. About 3 weeks ago we rescued 3 3 month old kittens from a litter of 7, the owner of the mother cat said 4 of the kitties 'just disappeared'. These 3 kitties settled in well and have adjusted to indoor life with no issues, giving and accepting tickles, rubs and hugs. 2 days ago we spotted one of the 'missing' kitties, so decided to rescue her off the street. This is where the problem comes in, she was starved, but lovable and purring, but she is very aggressive when playing, and attacks and bites your arms, legs, and hands very hard. But the very worrying part is she, suddenly turns on herself
growling and meowing, and bites her tail and her legs and feet, and is extremely angry. She has settled in, runs around the house exploring, knows where the food and litter is, but she hisses and slaps her siblings upon close contact, but that seems normal behaviour for a strange cat, she will play with her siblings from a distance but close encounters consist of hissing and slapping. The most worrying part is her self aggression. Is this normal behavior and will it pass. Any ideas to help or assist her, she is a beautiful kitten, but the aggression is a problem. Please any advice would be appreciated. Thanking you in advance.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2014, 11:33 AM
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Check out Feline Hyperesthesia...

I'm not a vet, but this sounds a lot to me like the neurological condition called Feline Hyperesthesia. A cat with this can do much damage to its tail to the extent that the tail may need amputation.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2014, 01:45 PM
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I thinkcatloverami may be right in regards to the self hurting. It is worth taking her to get checked out. Also to make sure that those areas are not hurting her. She could have got into something nasty and they are irritated. The wariness of the other cats could be normal and lessen with time, she could have come across aggression from other cats while on her own and that has made her nervous. So that bit might just take some time and maybe redoing introductions with her siblings.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2014, 07:21 PM
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Sometimes, as we all know, a cat might just not work out. It's a regrettable thought but it does occur. However, as was suggested, you should first take the cat to the vet.

But be prepared to let this cat go, if it means disruption of your other cats' lives and your own well being.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-27-2014, 09:04 AM
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Sorry. but I totally disagree with catlover. I have a cat with feline hyperethesia and that would mask the problems not solve them.
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