Thank you, Marie. Your Cinderella is the mirror image of my Tinkerbell.
Did you ever have problems with aggressive behavior with your cats? Tinker's ears go back and she attacks! She can be sitting on my lap, purring, getting petted, and then here come the teeth and claws. I am scratched and bitten from my feet to my shoulders, and she got me in the eye Thursday night.
Most of the time she's wonderful, but this behavior is more and more prevalent and I don't know what to do. I'm afraid of her at times. Any suggestions? I've tried spraying her with water, isolating her in a bedroom (short time periods), slamming a wooden spoon down on my counter, and anything else anyone has suggested. A couple people actually said to spank her, but I just can't do that.
I'm having some big problems with Tinkerbell and am hoping someone can offer some advice. She scratches and bites -- a lot! Sometimes she jumps in my lap and wants to be petted and cuddled, but she can turn on a dime. My feet, ankles, arms and hands are a mass of bite and scratch marks. Thursday night she got my eye. Her ears go back, her tail does this funky dance, and sometimes I'm not fast enough to get away from her. I'm really afraid of her sometimes. I don't know what to do.
I've had major issues with Gigi attacking the twins for the past year. My house is split in half because of it. But with me? Never. That would break my heart. Hopefully, you'll find some good advice with members who have experience in that area.
You're right, never, ever physically discipline a cat.
What's Tinkerbell's background? I know people will ask how old she was when you adopted her, how long you have had her, etc.
Tinkerbell arrived in my backyard one day last July. I saw her but left her alone because she was so tiny, I was sure her mama would come and get her. Mama never came back (I assume she got here with mama). I took her to the vet to find out about cats and my vet told me she was about four weeks old, too young to begin her shots, so I took her back a month later. They did a feline leukemia test to be sure she didn't have it because she was a 'stray,' and it came back positive. We did another one two months later and it was positive, also. She has never had a sick day! She wasn't aggressive at first, but the last three or four months it has gotten consistently worse behavior. I just don't know what to do.
Hi and welcome! I've never had to deal with a cat that scratches and bites, so I might not be of much help. However, I do know that some cats can get upset after being petted for a while, which might be the case for Tinkerbell. It's referred to as petting-induced aggression (which you can google). If she's only biting and scratching after you've been petting her for a while as opposed to at other times (that's not clear from your posts), then I would tend to limit the petting times. After she's been in your lap for a few minutes, put her down again and give her a treat or distract her with a toy...but don't let her stay long enough to get aggravated. If that doesn't work, or if she's also scratching and biting at random times, I would speak to your vet. It's possible the behavior could have a medical cause and, if it doesn't, perhaps your vet can recommend something to calm her down. I wish you luck.
Tinkerbell bites even when I'm in bed at night (she has really torn me up a couple times). She will be lying on 'her' side of the bed and all at once the ears go back and she attacks. I'm not even touching her! I only pet her when she jumps into my lap, I never pick her up. Someone told me that could be the problem, so I quit doing it. I've decided to call my vet tomorrow and talk to her or take her in, whatever they decide I should do. Thanks to all of you who have responded, and I'll check in a few times today to see if anyone else has any suggestions.
On another matter, why can't I get on to any of the other threads, such as Cat Chat or Behavior? Is it because I chose the "Free" option?
Thank you, Susan. I'm hopeful my vet will be able to offer some solutions. I'm going to call her in the a.m. and see if she wants me to bring Tinker in or we could just talk on the phone. Toanswer your question, she even attacks me when I'm in bed. She's resting quietly on 'her' side, her ears go back, and here she comes, all claws and teeth! She's gotten me quite badly several times.
I'm having lots of problems navigating the forums. Is it because I signed up for the 'free' option? I responded to your nice note a couple hours ago and it's not here. I tried to log into Cat Chat and Behavior and it says I can't. Problematic.