(Closed) Cat with Fear Aggression -please help, I dont want to get rid of her

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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336 posts
Helper bee

Talk to your vet about the possibility of medication, and other things you can try at home, or get a referral for a veterinary behaviorist (not a trainer, please).  Feliway is a good option- but you need to have it in place consistently for a couple of months (I think it was weeks to about 2 months, check the package) to determine if it’s helpful. It’s not a “plug it in and see a change overnight” kind of thing.

I had a cat like this, and things only escalated no matter what I did (and I’m a vet tech with access to endless veterinary sources of information, consults, meds etc). I ended up euthanizing because she was biting my family, and attacking all the other pets. I couldn’t rehome her in good conscience like that, and her quality of life sucked because she was constantly separated away from everyone at the end. I truly don’t want to sound heartless but if you exhaust all efforts and she doesn’t improve, your family should come first and cat bites are NO joke- ~80% become infected, a majority within 24hrs and if not treated immediately can require hospitalization and IV antibiotics.

 

Post # 5
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2608 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just saw this topic on a show called “My Cat From Hell”.  They totally got it under control with play and clicker training within like a month or so… the cat did a total 180! It was amazing.

There doesn’t seem to be an episode guide here, but if you spend some time watching the video clips on this site, I’m sure you’ll find some insight!

 

http://animal.discovery.com/tv/my-cat-from-hell/

 

Post # 7
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561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I have to second watching episodes of My Cat From Hell. That guy, Jackson Galaxy, is like the cat whisperer! When I adopted my cat, I thought I wouldn’t ever really be able to pet her, except maybe sometimes on her head (when my niece and I were painting, I actually painted a picture of myself and my SO with the cat, and I wrote “We are your people, we love you. Please don’t bite us” on it, and I taped it down by her food and water bowls lol). She would literally stalk me sometimes like I was just a giant mouse to her! I watched some episodes of My Cat From Hell, and some of the things I learned really helped. I now have a happy kitty who doesn’t bite/stalk me, lets me trim her nails, and snuggles with me every night. Good luck!

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