May 5th, 2005, 09:49 AM
Usually my eight month old orange tabby is the most loving and laid back cat i have ever seen. He loves attention and always wants to be petted and loved. He gets pleanty of play time and has tons of toys and things to do around the house. Well last night i was watching tv and my left arm was laying on the bed beside blaze well out of no where he jumped on my arm and started biting and clawing me. There have been times when i he has bitten me when i was petting him but i always told him no and gave him a toy to chop on instead...well anyway he was digging his back claws into my arm and biting me hard he broke the skin on my hand and was making me bleed! I slung him off of my arm twice (i know not the best thing to do but i was bleeding and he was really scaring me) the first time i slung him off he jumped back and was trying to bite me again! He was not playing his fur was sticking out and he growled at me! Finally i got him off and he ran out of the bed room and hid...i locked him out of the bed room last night and this morning when my boyfriend let him into our room he acted like nothing had happened he was just as loving and sweet as usual. Any ideas why he did this? He is altered and has all his shots...in case that is important
May 5th, 2005, 10:13 AM
Not sure why this happened. I do know that very young tomcats can be prone to fits of aggression. It seems to be an outlet for bursts of energy they have when their instinct to fight, stalk, pounce and kill has been frustrated.
As you noted, after he did this, he was again sweet.
The last young male I fostered would do a flying tackle on your arms and legs from across a room! :eek: We call it the "Naughty Boy Syndrome".:p
Get some interactive toys to help tire him out - feathers on wands, catnip, even a laser pointer (if he's interested).
Here's an article on aggression that may help.
Cat aggression (http://www.thecatsite.com/Cats/Cat_Behavior/Cat_Aggression.html)
May 5th, 2005, 10:29 AM
Thank you i read that article it had lots of good info...i play with blaze all the time he has a laser pointer that he loves i wear him out during the day so he will sleep at night...honestly its made me quite afraid of him my arm looks awful! IF he does this again i will do what the info said...
May 5th, 2005, 10:39 AM
This is one reason why we always suggest people get two cats or kittens. They tire each other out so much they have no energy left to attack people.
Also, if your hand shows redness, swelling or throbbing, get to the doctor ASAP. Cat bites can be extremely dangerous.
May 5th, 2005, 10:52 AM
Ive already made a appointment for this afternoon...honesty before i joined this site i had no idea about cats...i rescued Blaze from a older lady who was planning on putting him down she had put a ad in the paper and i saw it and went to visit Blaze and i fell in love with him...i live in a apartment and we are allowed one animal plus Blaze is spoiled and i dont think he would take well to another cat...dont know if this is true or not but i have heard that if there are two cats they tend to be more aloof to their owners...thank you for your help...
May 6th, 2005, 01:29 AM
I have had two cats - have three (fostering 2, one of mine) - no ay are any one of them aloof!!!
May 6th, 2005, 08:32 AM
Puss-Puss used to have her moments of going into overload too. I called her alter-ego "Elvira". She was normally a very gentle cat but would become over-stimulated sometimes. I learned to read and respect the signs - ears twitching and laying back, tail flicking. As she got older, Elvira made less and less appearances.
May 6th, 2005, 08:47 AM
Blaze,I have 3 male cats,one of them my very laid back cuddly tabby,Rocky,has attacked me on two occasions,the latest last year,landed me in emergency and I needed care from a wound-specialist and still have a big dent in my leg from the infection.
He happened on both occasions to see a strange cat outside,through the window,went totally ballistic and attacked the closest thing,which was me... :sad:
Although people said,my dr included"This cat is still alive???"yes,he's still with me and will be until the day he dies of old age.His behaviour had an explanation and I now know to look for any signs or a strange cat outside..maybe Blaze saw something that triggered his aggression..
I am glad you are seeing your doctor,catbites can turn really nasty..
May 6th, 2005, 10:04 AM
I cancelled my appointment but i did call and they asked me questions about the bite ect ect and if it starts to swell or anything i am to report to the doctor asap...the bits are healing nicely and Blaze is acting normal again...the french doors were open when he attacked but the screen was closed so i am thing he heard something or maybe something got in the house and stung him...not sure...