She's a beautiful black and white Manx and everybody that sees her wants to pet her, but she lashes out, snarling.
I'll admit her behavior is partly my fault. She was an "only kitty" for eight months before I rescued Cushie, and since then I've rescued two more. I live in a 900 sq ft, 2 bdrm apartment and it does get a little crowded for them, I'm sure.
I just bought my first home -- a 1000-sq-ft townhouse -- so even though it's not much more room, it WILL be more -- and with an upstairs for them to retreat to.
Yesterday at the vet, Thisbe went so ballistic that they couldn't even weigh or examine her. They wrapped her in a towel, gave her the vaxes and put her back in the cage. When I got there she was still so agitated that she even growled and snarled at me. I had to pet her for a few minutes to calm her down enough to take her out of the cage, and even then she was still snarling and growling.
This morning I gave her the first of the pills that the doctor prescribed -- Ovaban. It was a nightmarish experience for both of us. I tried putting the pill in peanut butter. She wouldn't eat it. So I wiped it off and put it with some sliced cheese. She ate the cheese but not the pill. Finally I had to grab her and force it down her, which turned her so savage that I hardly recognized her.
I have to give her these pills every day for seven days, then 1/2 a pill every other day for seven more days, then 1/2 a pill each week after that. Now I'm reading on the Internet about how they cause diabetes, etc. Thisbe is already about 10 years old and I feel terribly guilty about having made her life so unhappy with the other cats, but they were just as worthy of rescue as she was. Even when she was the only cat, she had petting-induced aggressiveness, so perhaps her personality is just radically different. She WILL come and sit on my lap or cuddle up to me in bed sometimes if the other cats are far enough away that she feels comfortable to.
Right now I have her isolated in my spare bedroom -- I figured after the hell of taking the pill this morning, she deserved a little retreat time. Please, someone, talk to me and tell me I'm not doing the wrong thing! I love this little girl and I am so upset!