(Closed) Anyone get attacked by their own pet?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m so sorry.  The number one rule when cats are fighting is that you should not reach down and try to seperate them.  When my cats are fighting, I try to break them up by making a noise, spraying them, or throwing a pillow at them.  It just sounds like you suprised him when he was fighting and he just turned around and attacked.  I’m sure he didn’t mean to hurt you.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have never been a cat lover..until now.  I recently acquired a kitten totally by accident, sort of.  Any way, she is a terror and does really hateful things sometimes.  She bites.  I think cats are just very different creatures.  I have a 13 year old chihuhua that has gotten his ass kicked by her a few times.  She finds it amusing, he doesn’t.  Maybe you should call the vet and ask if this behavior is normal.  I have found the tend to be unfazed by anything.  Curiosity killed the cat!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with MissAsB, it was probably just a freak heat of the moment thing. My cats never fight that rough but I know when animals are fighting they are completely oblivious to what is going on around them and if someone physically interrupts they can get hurt, no matter the personality of the animal invovled. 

If you’re concerned just keep an eye on the kitty, if you notice his behaviour is changing then I’d make an appointment to go talk to the vet about it but I wouldn’t worry too much about this one-time occurance.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Wow maybe you startled him and yesterday he may have been uber pissed at the other cat and couldn’t control himself.  Also i would talk to vet just to see what he says he would prob be better able to tell you what that was all about.  Good luck every thing will be alright

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

My cat does this to me sort of. She’ll grab my hand and then kick at it with her back paws and also try to bite me. She doesn’t do it hard but I can tell that it’d really hurt if she actually chomped down. I have no idea what kind of play this is but it bothers me too when she does it.

My only advice is to not separate animals with your body parts. I don’t think your cat is vicious, though. It was just one of his psycho cat moments.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have two cats! Sometimes they get the “crazy eye” look going and once or twice, i’ve gone down to pet them and they’ve gone PSYCHO on my arm. They latch on and get this weird look on their face. This is when I scruff them right away and it stops. BUT, it sounds like your kitty just had a freak out. You got close when he was crabby and he just snapped.

Also…i used to have this cat, Twister. I moved away for a few months and when I came home, she was a different cat. She’s now my mom’s cat. She lurks on the ground, stalks my feet, and goes psycho bananas on them in a very vicious and weird way. I now joke that she’s evil because she literally stalks my feet and attacks. I now wear shoes when I visit my parents.

I’m sorry your cat tore you up real bad though and attacked you. There was something going on in kitty’s head and you approached him at the wrong time and he just SNAPPED. You said he seemed tranced–i’ve seen that look. It’s like they go into a weird survival mode. I can actually picture my little cat doing it right now. He does it with his favorite toy and if i try to get in there, he goes nuts on me. It’s “his” ya know? How dare I! So i stay away.

Keep an eye on him. Maybe lock him out of the bedroom at night =]

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Wow…I am so sorry this happened to you. I suggest taking him to a vet to get checked out. You have indicated that this is not normal behavior. He may be sick. Also, you should go to the doctor to get some antibiotics. Cat scratch fever is a real disease and you could get really sick and possibly lose an arm.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

This book is helpful in understanding some of the whys of cat behavior:

http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Vs-Keeping-Peace-When/dp/0142004758

The author talks about how if you try to break up a fight between cats, they are likely to behave aggressively towards you.

I have a very sweet, snuggly cat with tons of personality who often turns and bites for no apparent reason. We’re used to it and can mostly avoid it, but it’s challenging making sure guests (especially kids) don’t get bitten.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am so sorry.  I would check with your vet about this and how often it happens.  They can be a wealth of knowledge and may know why this happened.  That is my best advice.  I hope all will be okay

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Has your cat had all his shots? Did you clean out your wounds?

Like noritake22, I’m concerned about your arm. Cat scratches usually hurt even if its not infected… I’d go to the doctor right away & make sure everything is ok with your arm. My friend got scratched in the hand by a cat & it was extremely bad & he had to get serious work done to it because it got infected. Had he not done anything, he might’ve lost his hand :(. Not trying to scare you! Just cats can get nasty things in their nails. If you have health insurance or can afford it, I’d say go to the dr right now! If you can’t afford that.. I’d very closely monitor your arm but maybe go to a low cost clinic.

As for your cat, idk what happened. Maybe he was all caught up in the fight in like survival mode or something. I’d just dump water on them fighting to make em stop if that happens in the future. You never want to reach into a fight between animals. Thou, if my dog ever got attacked I probly would instinctivly try to save her.

How’s your arm doing? & your cat?

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

that is very upsetting! when i did have a cat he never attacked me, now being a dog lover i’ve noticed i was lucky. but i also have a chihuahua who sometimes does that, being overweight and not so agile she isn’t as harmful as an agile cat could be. take it as a fluke, like if one of you besties snapped on you and really hurt your feeling, but do the same- fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me… just keep an eye out, a make not that his/her habbits are changing, and perhaps if it becomes a habit, as you would with a bestie, do something about it. wether a vet visit, or a kitty whisper(yes i believe those stupid animal wisperer, but only because they give you a great view from the outside). and good luck, rememer to keep loving cause they know when your mad at them, and like a child, sometimes retaliate just to prove a point

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

p.s. get some tripple antibiotic and antibacterial soap. make sure to wash your wound regualrly and put antibiotic on it..

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m not so sure triple antibiotic ointment is really goingto work for this one, it really doesn’t do much because people use it for everything. I would see your doctor and find our what they say, cat bites are the worst…cats have lots of bacteria in their mouths. Also, I’m thinking I would just want to make sure that my arm didn’t get infected (think litter box, ew.)

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wash with soap and water. Then apply some hydrogen peroxide–it’s kinda cool cuz if it bubbles, it’s killing bacteria. I definitely think some neosporin is a good idea. It’ll help you heal faster. Keep an eye on it and if you start to feel sick at ALL–flu symptoms, if it gets pink and swollen, etc, go see a doctor. Cat scratches can get infected really really easily if you don’t clean them like crazy.

Especially their poopy claws, yucko.

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