Question by giggles_4evr: Cat Behavioral problems?
I recently (month to month and a half ago) rescued a 2 year old male cat from a shelter. He is affectionate and very playful (knows fetch!). To jump to the point he has a few things one thing more than anything that is concerning.
The two issues I have that aren’t major ones is going on the counter (but that’s gotten better) but he loves to paw at things a lot. Rather when he uses the litter box he is all over the place on the wall and floor around it (not a big deal but just to give history) and he loves to paw around his food dishes ie the wall again and surrounding floor. And he will move his water dish from a foot to five feet with water all over the floor. Granted this is just more annoying but I’m wondering what I can do about it.
His MAJOR issue is that he will literally attack with out warning. For instance he slept with me in bed due to my boyfriend falling asleep watching tv and I woke up coughing (currently have a cold) and I was petting him and he was purring then tried to bite my hand (I think all this is in play because he never growls or hisses). So I moved it and just said no. Next thing I know he leaps to the other side of me and attacks my ear (biting it) and I woke up with dried blood and a small wound.
Then this morning he was laying by the door and I was petting him and he tried grabbing my wrist (he’s not declawed so if he wants to he can get a good hold) and tried to bite and I said Roscoe no and he does look hurt but also looks like I’m about to hit him (which I’ve NEVER done the look kills me inside that I would never be able to do it; which leads me to wonder what his previous owners did or let him get away with.
Anyways he’ll stay on edge and I know if I get up and walk away he will run up and attack me ie will jump on me dig claws in and bite away. So this morning I was holding my hand flat and simply said no. He tried biting my hand and again said no. Then he looked like he was trying to “play bite” my knee (which I knew better and should’ve stopped) and then next thing I know he’s biting like crazy and drew blood in two spots.
I was just wondering if any one had any ideas on how to stop his attacking or if there are cat behaviorist (like dog behaviorist). I don’t want to get rid of him I want to explore what I can do to fix this. I’m lucky that I don’t have a child or another pet because if I did have a child he would have to go. He’s a great cat besides this, I can ignore/deal with the pawing the water dish around and spilling water but this needs to be dealt with!
Thanks for the help!
He should be fixed, according to the shelter he was and when I brought him in they didn’t say anything against that.
Answer by sarzeedotes
Is your cat Fixed? If not, this could help with the macho biting. The water dish thing, You can get the heavy metal dishes with rubber bottom so he can’t move it. Also put some plastic sheeting on the walls around the litter box so you can clean walls more easily.
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