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Originally Posted by vegmom
Our kitty sleeps in our room and has attacked my feet during sleeping. We have a family bed including kitty. I am afraid for my dc's. I just don't want my kitty to harm them.
Originally Posted by vegmom
I dont think that I would give the kitty away to another home as we live in a rural area and there are tons of barn cats around. People shoot them around here.
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Originally Posted by shannon0218
I think it's important here to find out what the OP means by attacks before condemning her for being worried about her childs safety. Cat bites can be VERY severe. I personally have spent MANY weeks in hospital on IV antibiotics and came very close to loosing my hand after one serious bite. If this cat is breaking skin in an unprovoked manner (attacking a crawling child who isn't yet on top of him is indeed unprovoked--I don't know many cats who are not capable of getting the hell out of the way when needed) In the medical community cat bites are considered far more serious than dog bites (cat bites where skin is punctured and torn) and I can guarentee and I could locate about 50 threads condemning a mama for NOT wanting to kill her dog who was aggresive towards her children.
That aside, I would want to ask a couple questions of the OP.
1) Cat is female-right?
2) Does kitty happen to be a calico or tortie shell?
3) When did the litter box issues begin?
4) Does this cat groom constantly--especially to the point of creating bald patches on her belly or legs?
5) What diet is this cat on?
6) How old is this cat?
Hopefully you havn't been scared off from the thread and can answer those questions for me, I may be able to suggest some things that will help with her behavior.
|So if the catnip does not work, i will try the meds, with the behaviour training.
Thank you so much shannon. It was what i needed. It is why i posted. I don't want to kill my kitty.
Originally Posted by Mothra
I had a cat in college that scared the crap out of me. He bit often and hard enough to bite the skin. I could not have people over to my apartment because he would attack my guests if he wasn't busy attacking me. If I put him in my room, he'd meow his freakin' head off. I realized I was staying out of my apartment because I was scared of my cat. He scratched my boyfriend bad enough that he needed stitches one night. Each of these attacks were completely and totally unprovoked.
Finally, my dad came and took him to my parent's house in the country. He did much better there, but was still a huge problem. As long as it was just my parents there everything was okay, but this cat chased my brother's girlfriend across the yard one night and frequently trapped me in the bathroom. I was very, very relieved when this cat died.
If you've never dealt with something like this then you can't imagine what it is like. If I hadn't had my parents to take the cat I would have had him put down. I wouldn't want to chance someone with kids getting the cat.
I hope that you get the issues with this cat resolved. Best to you no matter what you decide.
Originally Posted by girlndocs
Cat bites are nasty. If it was *real* biting, breaking the skin, I would be concerned, especially if it was repetitive. I don't think that's normal.