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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-27-2018, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Cat gets scared and then violent

Hey there. I have two cats their names are plague and bitey. Bitey is a young one and plague is about 10 years old. Just an old man. They are agreeable with eachother most of the time other than the occasional playful chase and head swatting when one gets irritated. But ive had a problem twice now that is extremely concerning.

The situation is repeatable. I have my bedroom window open. Something outside scares bitey BADLY. She makes the Rrrrrrrr.... noise like scared meow threatening noise. And then she turns and attacks plague. The first time she was relentless and scratched and bit me severely in many places making me bleed a bit. She was targeting plague though and i was trying to block her. I even scruffed plague and hoisted him in the air and she climbed up body to resume attacking him after id thrown her off a couple of times. This time was not as bad but she made plague bleed from his nose. Ive put her in a carrier as a timeout of sorts...

But im really scared that this might happen when I am not home. And I cant leave my window closed during this heat. I am not seeing whatever animal it is that might be out there scaring her and I really dont know what to do. =( Plague has been staring at the window since this happned so something must have been out there that he saw or heard as well.

I put up a couple of pictures to show the damage she did to me, bitey is the first one and plague is the second one. You can see they are both very affectionate cats really at a loss here.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-28-2018, 01:14 AM
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Oh wow, I'm really sorry this happened.

You're right that Bitey was going for Plague - this is classic redirected aggression. I don't know what to suggest other than to try Feliway diffusers inside, and maybe calming collars on both kitties. But those might not have much effect if whatever it was -another cat? - that spooked Bitey keeps coming around. Do you know if there are other kitties who roam around outside? Not sure what might be done - it's very hard to keep other cats (or other animals) away, but there are some materials that kitties don't like to walk on that you could try putting down outside by the windows. I may have bookmarked some info on this. I'll see if I can find it.

In the meantime, please watch those scratches, and if they start to get red or inflamed, get yourself to an ER.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-28-2018, 02:09 PM
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So if this happens the same way- in the bedroom then keep them out at least while you aren't there assuming that is possible. I would try to determine WHAT is causing the distress, until then you are just reacting to it and I guess "Bitey" has a history of using her mouth which means to me she has slight aggression to begin with making it easier to be set off. I am owned by a similar cat now and I try to deal with it by wrapping in a towel when he freaks out. I am told thundershirts work well also.
Find the source of the fear and yes, definitely irrigate and apply antiseptic to those hands!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-28-2018, 05:16 PM
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This is serious biting! I would ban Bitey from the bedroom...period, since this is where her aggression starts, or make your bedroom off limits to them both. One solution would be a window air conditioner. Is that possible for you?

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