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Just wondering if she is playing or attacking

post #1 of 11
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Hi all

just wanted to get some advice on Heidi. Well firstly she sleeps all day and no matter if i try and keep her awake by playing she has her little hide outs and manages to get away and thats her for the day.

she wakes at night around 6/7pm and starts her mad frenzy. she runs about the flat and plays with her toys she plays alot with us too which is good as it means she is settling with us, but tonight i put my hand out for her to come to me and she pounced on it, wrapped her front paws around my hand and tried to chew it, teeth and claws out. she has never done this before.

last night i said goodnight to her and she jumped up on the bed and pawed my head i was in stitches with her as she was wanting me to play with her it was a good feeling that she is trusting us now.

but with what she did tonight i was just wanting to make sure that she IS only playing as it was a little sore when she scratched and bit me.

thanks for listening to me rant on.

angela
post #2 of 11
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Just had a thought .............. could her behaviour be caused by her being in heat???? she is 6 months old.

thankfully she lives in a 3rd floor flat with a intercom door downstairs so she cant get out unless someone opens the bottom door and there are no other cats in the block.

angela
post #3 of 11
Sounds like aggressive play. How old is she? Often younger cats intensify their playing, they test their boundaries out. It's natural for them to play fairly rough with each other, remember they have that thick fur coat. Usually an "ouch!" or some thing to let her know you don't like that, it hurts, should help her understand the threshold of to much . Maia is a rough player, but I admit I love playing with her and she responds well when I tell her thats enough. I have scratches all over my hands and arms, but its all in fun, till someone looses an eye !
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by afraser1 View Post
Just had a thought .............. could her behaviour be caused by her being in heat???? she is 6 months old.

thankfully she lives in a 3rd floor flat with a intercom door downstairs so she cant get out unless someone opens the bottom door and there are no other cats in the block.

angela
That is a definite factor, though she probably hasn't gone full into heat yet, you will know! The hormonal changes have a huge effect on them, I think much worse then us! PMS, DMS, and menopause combined times 100, its really hard on them, some more then others......
post #5 of 11
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thanks for the advice i was looking on web pages last night about cats in heat and after reading some of the signs i started noticing things Heidi was doing which i didnt realise before like rolling around alot vocalising and sticking her back end up a bit higher than the front. its surprising how much you learn after reading up on cats behaviour im so glad i found this site and i love my cat

thanks again
post #6 of 11
My 6 mth old kitten has 2 run around mad, attack, manic times a day, morning & evening. She was hand raised from 3 1/2 weeks, so didn't get any feedback from other cats on what is appropriate play etc. After reading numerous articles on the net & in books I realized she's a normal kitty, & I need to set the boundaries. She wakes me up each morning purring & rubbing up against my face & neck, then when she's had enough she turns wild, bites & scratches. Most times she gets time out in her carrier. I must say she has improved over the last couple of months. She used to attack our feet & ankles every time we walked through the house.
Do you intend having her spayed? Blossom was done at 5 months. I didn't want to take the chance of her coming on heat. The vet told me they come on heat every couple of weeks until they are mated.
post #7 of 11
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update i got her an appointment for next week to find out wot to do next so thanks for the help

angela
post #8 of 11
Oh, good -- spaying is the right thing, and should help her settle down. Just wanted to say she's a darlin'!
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Oh, good -- spaying is the right thing, and should help her settle down. Just wanted to say she's a darlin'!
thank u so much im really in love with cats now and my DH is also loving her (not a cat lover at all) thinking of maybe rescuing another kitty as i think it would be good for her but will wait til DH is away again then he cant say no if its already here lol

angela
post #10 of 11
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just to update on heidis behaviour she seems to be getting more aggressive towards us she doesnt really like to be petted and the kids are getting more scratches from her also she has scratched and bit my DH and myself im getting worried coz if she keeps doing this DH said she will have to find a new home as its not good for the kids

please can anyone shed light on why she is like this

thanks again
angela
post #11 of 11
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just bumping this up for advice
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