Aggressive cat making our lives a misery!

Bev BeckettBev Beckett BirminghamMember Posts: 20
Mr Claude has adopted us! We've had him for nearly a year now. He was not neutered and could be aggressive now and again. Since we've had him neutered (he is 18 months old approx) it's got a lot worse. Our other cat who has impaired eyesight, hearing & smell lives in fear as he is constantly attacking, stalking & bullying her. He never did this before he was neutered. I've put a bell on his collar so she has some kind of warning . He also attacks me and my partner for no apparent reason. He can be purring one minute, then the next he's clawing and biting really hard. 9 /10-times he draws blood. He's even bitten me on the face while I was in bed asleep! Now it's a constant battle , I have to escort our other cat around the house because of these attacks, we try to keep them separate as often as possible but sometimes its just not. We are thinking of giving him up for adoption. I can't bear to see our other cat in distress. We're both stressed about the situation too. Help!

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  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    I don't blame you! This cat sounds like a Tasmanian Devil. Something was going on with this cat when he was on the streets. Even out there, he was probably known as a fighter and bullier. He may have come from an abusive home and been thrown out or escaped. If you send him away, he probably won't get a home with a rep like that, or he'll keep getting bounced around until...well, you know. Go back to your vet and tell them about his behavior. There are many medications that a hyper, agressive cat can be put on to chill them out. There is a kitty prozac and I've heard it works. I believe this kitty is beyond training and even beyond help from a behaviorist. Even left over hormones shouldn't be making him a terrorist like this. Please have a serious chat with your vet and ask if there are any medications they feel might help.
  • Sandra PerrySandra Perry MemphisMember Posts: 1,425
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    I agree with Izzie. You need some help from your vet. There are way too many options out there for all of you to be living in misery.
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
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    I sincerely hope you can find a solution to this problem. Mr Claude is making many lives miserable, including, most likely, his own. I have had to rehome two cats that didn't get along with my cat-household; fortunately, both had places that could take them in, and indeed, they were happier afterwards. But I would not have considered euthanizing them to get rid of the stress they were incurring. Consult with your vet and/or a cat behavior specialist; if all else fails, a new home with someone who likes cats but doesn't need constant, intimate contact with them, may be the only solution. I wish you luck!
  • Cristina HenryCristina Henry AshburnMember Posts: 482
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    Mr. Claude has a behavior problem as some human children do. It might seem like his behavior won't improve, but don't give up on him just yet. Although you can't make him sit on the naughty spot when he's bad, you can make him go to his room. I myself have a bully cat who occassionally gets out of line, and I am forced to put her in the bathroom for the day by herself. I provide food, water, and a litter box in there, and I'll even leave the light on. Cats hate being locked up alone in a small room, and they have a way of turning from evil kitty to angel kitty when they want something. You have to be the parent or "head cat" in this situation. Mr. Claude needs to understand that when he acts badly, he will spend the rest of the day (or night) in the bathroom all by himself. In addition, cats sense fear in people and they will act upon it... like a lawyer with a type-A personality. Use the tone of your voice to show Mr. Claude that you rule the house, not him.
  • Michele EdwardsMichele Edwards Anaheim/DisneylandMember Posts: 66
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    You have gotten some great advice already, I would however like to ask if you have tried Feliway, I know several people on here swear by it. Maybe by reducing his anxiety it might help. I would definately speak to a vet, it wouldn't hurt to speak with a behavioralist as well just to see if they can advise you on some clues to help reign him in a bit. By all means try to keep him seperate from your other cat and only allow them to be together when you are there to supervise. He is demonstrating typical Alpha male behavior trying to dominate your other cat, as well as you and your partner. Try very, very hard not to hit or yell at him, it won't help and will make him worse. He needs to be shown who is boss. If all else fails, please be very careful in placing him for adoption. Do you have an animal society in your area? If so contact them to see what they can offer, in terms of advice. Has anyone ever told you he looks like the cat in the movie Pet Semetary?
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