February 9th, 2010, 11:27 AM
My cat does the weirdest thing and I'm trying to find out why. In the mornings he jumps in bed for cuddles. He purrs and rubs and loves me to death. All of a sudden his mood changes and he will literally attack me. I get a bad bite. I can sometimes tell his mood is a bout to switch so I try to push him away which makes him more angry and I get attacked and bitten hard. Why would his mood change from happy and cuddly to attack mode in a split second?
February 9th, 2010, 12:09 PM
Sounds like a case of overstimulation. Many cats have this tendency to turn aggressive during a petting session, even when they are the ones to initiate the petting. Learning to recognize the signs is key to avoiding these situations (swishing tail, ears back, dilated pupils, stiff posture, etc) and cutting short a petting session before the cat reaches that point. Here is some more info: