(Closed) Kitty gets 'aggressive'…not sure what his problem is

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jpalm13:  is he neutered?

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@IzzyBear:  Seconded. If not, get him fixed ASAP.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If he’s spraying, I’m assuming he isn’t neutered? Neutering a male cat should drastically decrease the agressiveness.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@jpalm13:  Is he aggressive all the time, or just sometimes? My cat is super sweet sometimes and other times, she does the exact same thing your cat does (attacks our legs!) I told my vet about it, and she said that because she isn’t like that all the time, my cat is likely just wanting to play, but doesn’t realize how sharp she is! As long as she isn’t hissing or making that weird low growl meow that cats do, it probably isn’t true agression. So we just had to cope with the fact that she was a rough player!

BUT, I will say that when she was a kitten, it was way worse. The first 3ish years were brutal, but she has calmed down considerably as she has gotten older (she’s 4 now). So hopefully your cat is just a rough playing kitten as well, and will calm down over time.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

My cat will randomly attack my hand and want to chew on it for a bit.  She purrs the entire time, so I assume she’s just playing.  It’s like…lick lick purr purr purr bite! lick lick gnaw…but she is also a very strange animal.  

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Our kitty, Loki, will get really rough.  His pupils get huge, and he just lunges at you.  We’ve found if we exercise him, he is really cuddly and calm.  We are lucky enough to have a screened in sunporch so we just throw stuff around for 1/2 hour and then another 15 min later.  He spends alot of time out there (we have a kitty door) chasing lizards, so that wears him out too.  You might want to get a leash/collar and take him on walks outside.  I think they get more aggressive if they are bored and have too much energy.  There’s a show “My Evil Cat” on Animal Planet and most of the “issues” the cats have are lack of a way to use up the energy.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@peachacid:  LOL must be related to my boy kitty.

OP, as far as him attacking goes…at least he doesn’t have claws? My big part-feral kittyboy does this sometimes (or just randomly bites), and he has claws. It’s bad. The little kittygirl will occasionally go crazy and latch around your leg/foot/arm, but that’s rare (but fair game as long as there’s no bare skin). I just chalk that up to being a cat. Kittyboy likes to bite me when I’m working out (or touching him. or sleeping. or eating.).

As far as spraying goes, that’s weird. Fixed cats don’t typically spray unless their territory is threatened, or they’re sick/stressed. Has anything changed recently? New animals, animals frequently around your bag, strangers in the house, litter box changes, routine changes, etc.?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Did your routine change recently? Are you home not as often? Someone new in the house? A different routine?

Or cat did a 180 when we moved and werent home as often and acted like yours is, except never sprayed. He actually left a gaping wound on my calf.  

We ended up having to get another cat to keeo him company. Like a pet for our pet, but it worked.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jpalm13:  Since he is so new to you, he may have been used to a lot more company with either animals or people prior to you getting him. Or more freedom. This is a big adjustment for him.  

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think his problem is that he is a cat, lol.

Try getting a labrador next time? (just kidding, haha. Kind of.)

Have you had any major changes to his routine lately? Has he been spending more time alone, or have you moved? Changed his cat litter or food?

ETA: opps, just saw your response to Meers. I think since it’s only been a month that he is still adjusting. They say, when you adopt an animal, that you have a totally different pet a month in, and then a month after that, a totally different one again. We have a rescue dog that we adopted 3 1/2 weeks ago, and he only just got comfortable enough to play with toys/roughhouse a bit. Just give him some time to settle in!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jpalm13:  As someone who has a partially feral shelter cat, I feel you. Ours doesn’t spray, but he is bitey and claw-y. If we’d gotten him first, we would have kept him an only cat, but he was actually supposed to be a companion for kittygirl. That didn’t work out so well, since he’s kind of a jerk, but oh well. I agree that you might want to look into getting a second cat. I’d go with a female kitten, since typically older males do better with female kittens (and vice versa).

@crayfish:  I think his problem is that he is a cat, lol.

LMAO This was my first response, too.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

A lot of active playtime helps our dominant, aggressive cat chill out! We’ve got to remember to actively engage him and wear him out before he starts attacking us. He’s also picky about toys – one mouse on a string he adores, another he ignores. 

Our guy also loves his cat condo. Giving him some high-up space to survey his kingdom has helped him to be a little more chill. 

You can also try Feliway diffusers or calming collars. The calming collar seemed to help our aggressive cat a little bit, but not enough to justify the expense. The Feliway didn’t seem to help much at all, but I’ve heard other owners say it helps. 

Also – making sure he always has dry food in the bowl and a pristine litterbox keeps him from attacking us for attention. Sometimes, he’d take a chomp out of one of us and then prance over to the litterbox or food bowl like, “Now that I have your attention, please address this situation.” 

But at the end of the day, some cats are just jerks. We love our little guy, but he’s pretty high maintenance! 

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