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Old August 16th, 2010, 12:13 AM
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Angry Please Help, my cat keeps attaking us!

Hi! I'm new here and I wanted to share this and see if I can get some advice. My cat Micaud is crazy I think. Just last night my hubby, daughter, dog and I were sitting on my bed. Micaud was sleeping on his pet condo. Suddenly my hubby who was playing with the dog dropped her to the floor and my daughter screamed. The next thing I see is the cat jump over all of us attacked the dog, my hubby pushed him and the cat attacked him, then went after the dog again. he got to the dog who is smaller than he and wrapped himself around her scratching and biting her. I had to pry him away and dropped him on the floor. He then came at me and bit my thumb. I pushed him away while I held the dog in my arms. It took us 3 to push him out of my bedroom!! he was meowing really loud and weirdly!

I finally got the door closed and looked around and it looked like a war zone. we were all bleeding!!! the cat bit my hubby's finger right through the nail, he scratched my daughter and bit her thumb and I was bleeding from a bite to my right thumb as well. I looked at the dog and one of her ears was scratched and bleeding and he got her really close to an eye.

I was so scared!! he's gone crazy like that before but no so bad like this. he cat was always after my daughter and the dog but never after me or my hubby.I've had to take my daughter to the doctor with bites and lie to the doctor that the cat is not mine. I'm not one to take the animal to the shelter and abandon him there but I think this one cat is going to make me do this. It's getting crazy!

We have gotten home many times to find the dog badly scratched and bleeding. I had the dog first and it's not fair to her either or to my poor little girl who is scarred from this cat.

Micaud is not fixed, he is getting fixed on Tuesday though. We rescued him from the street where we found him meowing by a garbage can. He was probably a month old. I never thought to get him fixed cause he's an indoor cat and we live on the third floor. What a mistake I made! he sprays all the time and hates my dog.

Could his extreme agression be because he's not fixed? Why does he attack when we laugh loud or scream?

What to do? HELP!
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Old August 16th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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So what have you done to help your cat? Have you taken him to the vet for a complete checkup; including blood work and urinalysis/fecal? Have you tried separating him from the dog and doing a gradual reintroduction? Have you used pheromones to try to calm him? Have you tried Feliway diffusers? Do you pay as much attention to him as you do your dog? How old is he? Has he ever been wormed? What kind of dog do you have and how old is it? Has the cat ever had his shots?
Yes, it may help to have him fixed. It may take a while for the testosterone to abate but I have seen some remarkable changes to some of mine after being neutered. You will need to give your apartment a head to toe cleaning in order to get rid of all of the smells of him spraying. You can clean with a regular cleaner and then use a mix of 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water and spray it very liberally in the spots where he has sprayed.
What he is doing is called redirected aggression. He, for some reason, does not like your dog. The dog is his target. If you take the target away during an altercation then the cat will redirect to you, your husband and your daughter. He needs to be completely separated in a small room to calm down. This is not his fault. Something has set him off.
What are the dynamics like in your home? Have you ever purposely let the cat and dog fight, maybe when the cat was a kitten, and thought it was cute and laughed?
There are so many many variables that could be in play here. Without knowing his whole history and seeing what goes on in your household it is difficult to know. What I would start with is a complete checkup and, of course, his neuter.

Here's a couple of sites to check out........
http://www.thecatsite.com/Behavior/5...s-to-Dogs.html
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/aggression3.html
Hopefully they can be of some help to you.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 12:22 PM
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Get him neutered first of all, and after doing some rehab with him as 14+K suggested, if after a couple of months there is no improvement, I think for everyone's safety and sanity he should be euthanized, as he is a danger. I usually don't recommend this, but there are some cases where it should be done. This may be one of them.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 12:39 PM
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Get him neutered first of all, and after doing some rehab with him as 14+K suggested, if after a couple of months there is no improvement, I think for everyone's safety and sanity he should be euthanized, as he is a danger. I usually don't recommend this, but there are some cases where it should be done. This may be one of them.

How can you suggest that? We can not give suggestions like that without knowing the cat and watching the cat for some time and without having extensive testing done to the cat. It is quite possible the cat just needs to be in a home where he is an only pet. To tell someone to euthanize their cat is never a good idea IMO. We are not vets and do not know this cat!!! There are many many ways of helping this cat. Euthanization is not one of them IMO! Much better to try and rehome to a one pet home.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 01:10 PM
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I agree with 14+.

Did something startle him awake to make him attack? It almost seems like he had redirected aggression as 14+ stated, which normally occurs when a cat will see another cat outside and can't get out to fight so it attacks the closest thing, human or animal. One of our senior members has a cat with this and uses Feliway which I believe works for her.

First step is neutering to get rid of the hormones, and hopefully bloodwork will precede the operation. You many want to add a urinalysis to check glucose levels.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 03:03 PM
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I have taken Micaud to the vet and the doc said he is a healthy cat. Of course I love him very much and I pet him and treat him as I treat my dog. But my concern is for my daughter.

We've had Micaud for 3 years now and in the beginning he used to get along with the dog. Not best buddies but they stayed away from each other. Now the fights are everyday and they get really bad.

Spin can't pass if Micaud is in the way and vice versa. I really think he;s jealous of the dog. But you all know dogs they're mushy beings that love to get scratched and petted.

I really don't know what to think anymore.
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I don't believe that cats feel jealousy and take it out on what they are jealous over, I just don't think that is in their psychological makeup. They are not humans.

What blood work and other testing did your vet do? Can you post the results? So your cat is 3 years old and he is not neutered? And they sort of got along in the beginning? Was Micaud a kitten when they were introduced? Has Spin played too rough with Micaud? Chased him?

Hopefully the neutering will help out , hormones can cause many problems as they can in humans. In the meantime, perhaps some Feliway can help calm Micaud . As 14+ stated, it can take some time to for the hormones to be out of his system.
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I have taken Micaud to the vet and the doc said he is a healthy cat. Of course I love him very much and I pet him and treat him as I treat my dog. But my concern is for my daughter.

We've had Micaud for 3 years now and in the beginning he used to get along with the dog. Not best buddies but they stayed away from each other. Now the fights are everyday and they get really bad.

Spin can't pass if Micaud is in the way and vice versa. I really think he;s jealous of the dog. But you all know dogs they're mushy beings that love to get scratched and petted.

I really don't know what to think anymore.
Then my suggestion remains the same. Separate them. He is getting neutered you say tomorrow? Perfect time to do it. Keep them separate in different rooms, even if the only room available is a bathroom. Read the site I gave you earlier. Try doing that. If he got along with the dog in the beginning then I would think something happened to set him off. It should have been corrected at that point. I know the dog is not 100% blameless. Maybe he attacked the cat sometime when you weren't home and that is what started it all. Maybe the cat saw another cat and, because he wasn't able to get to the cat, he went after the dog. Hindsight is 20/20 they say. You can't do anything to change it. However, you can start now to correct it. IF things don't change then please try to rehome him in a home where he will be an only pet.
Feel free to ask questions along the way. We are here to help. The important thing now is to separate them. Do not let them see each other. But please make sure you are still spending quality time with Micaud. He deserves to know you still love him.
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