Post # 1
My fiance and I have a beautiful Snowshoe cat who is right around 3-years-old. He is usually a pretty sweet cat, but he has quite a temper. When he is upset about something or wants attention he will lunge at me (usually doesn’t do this to my fiance) and clamp onto my wrist biting and scratching. It hurts a lot and leaves marks. He did this a lot when he was a baby and only occasionally does it now. Is there a way to stop this from happening? I usually have to pull him off my arm and then hold him to calm him down. Because he then is agitated, I will put him in the laundry room (his “room”) and shut the door because if he is out, he will continue attachking (doing the run at the bed, jump, and try to bite me thing). Is there a way to resolve this issue? Any tips appreciated!
Edit to add: We got him from Project Precious Paws and while we have his medical history, don’t know if he was abandoned, a stray, or relinquished by previous owners. Could this response be from exposure to an abusive previous owner?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn
@KatiePi: is he neutered? sometimes this helps.
Post # 4
I wonder if it’s a boredom thing-maybe he needs some toys he can play with on his terms, like a plastic ring with a ball he can ‘chase’ and bat around whenever he feels like or a Da Bird toy? Might be worth seeing how he reacts to the toy when he does this. If he gets into it I’d say he was needing stimulation.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
Get one of those bouncy toys on a string attached to a stick and play with kitty every day. See if that helps.
Post # 6
He sounds bored. I’d try buying him a cat tree so he can hide somewhere away from you and a few more toys. Also, soft caps on his claws might help with the scratching. Some cats are just assholes.
Post # 8
@KatiePi: Definitely try playing with him more often, and keep a can of forced air around for quick discipline. It’s not messy like squirting water, and they really seem to hate the noise.
Post # 9
Thanks for the tips. He is neutered and has a TON of toys. A lot of stuff that is interactive. We’ve been hectic with work and wedding planning and have not played with him as much these last two months as we usually do. I will try picking that back up to our usual level and see if it helps! Thanks!
Post # 10
It is a hard habit to break after they are full-grown. I nip the habit in the bud when they are kittens by GENTEELLY pushing on their foreheads (a shove) like a Mama Cat would do. Perhaps some flower essences might help.
Post # 11
I was going to suggest a spray bottle with water too, my cat is usually quite well behaved but can get a bit boisterous when he’s playing. A wee skoosh and he knows he’s done something wrong!
Post # 12
@trueblue14: Good tip for future kittens. Thanks!
@LoveKurtGeiger: That is worth a try. The only thing is our cat LOVES water. He loves to take baths. But a squirt to the face may shock him enough to realize he’s being too rough.
Post # 13
Yeah, maybe the little fright will stop him. Good luck x
Post # 14
My oldest cat would do this – get kind of over-excited and attack me -my arm or leg – and I’d do what you are doing-restraining him and putting him in another room for a few minutes to calm down. What really ended up working better, though, was getting some of those Da Bird toys the My Cat From Hell dude uses, and having active play sessions twice a day for 10-15 minutes. He had a lot of toys, but the running and acrobatics from us engaging him put a wonderful dent in his energy level. He hasn’t “attacked” me or our other cat since we started doing this. Good luck
Post # 15
What is he getting “upset” about?
Post # 16
It could be a dominance thing, especially if he’s feeling agitated, if things have changed, if there’s been a shift in the household. I’d try the squirt gun when he does it again, and try increasing his activity, wear him right out. I’ve sung the praises of Feliway diffusers to help calm down agitated cats, but I’d try playing with him and see if it’s something that can be remedied with play and activity first.