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Nuit just attacked my face

post #1 of 26
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scratched the out of my eyelid, it's bruising and hurts. i'm so fed up with this battle with her. it's been a year. I feel like she is never gonna be happy here but no one else wants her. She's never gona after my face before. she still goes after the other cats and she attacks anyone that come over. I could scream right now. the bf is getting me ice now cuz it's swelling...I've tried just about everything....herbal stuff, sprays....
post #2 of 26
Ouch! Hope it heals fast.
How did it happen?
I've had mean cats before. It takes a long time to win them over Sending more calm and patience vibes to you!
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
I was just to close to her and she didn't want me to be I guess, she attacks for no reason. Well maybe there is a reason but no apparent reason.....
thing is she wasn't mean before from what I was told. She was uprooted from a home of 7 yrs and had never lived with other cats....
post #4 of 26
Have you tried this:

http://www.catfaeries.com/essences.html


The first one may be what you're looking for. You can always e-mail Gail (the owner) as she's a wealth of knowledge.
post #5 of 26
Bach's Rescue Remedy is about the same as what the above poster posted and I use it with success on Widget (see sig.) He never attacks me though only Pixel.

Something to consider. You can put the drops in his water or on his tongue.
post #6 of 26
Silly question, but how did the cat make it to your face?
If you knew she could be easily triggered and not the most trustworthy behavior wise you should really be more careful.(you know what they say about hindsight though)

Is it possible you made eye contact too long or was there another possible movement that acted as the trigger? Try to think carefully about it, there's always some reason even if it doesn't seem like much of one.


Make sure to keep your eyelids clean, some infections can spread and that would be no fun to deal with. Sorry that you had her after your face though but you are really luckily she didn't get an eye -that really hurts. It might feel icky, but some antibiotic ointment on the scratches (maybe at night so no one sees you with gunk on your eyes?) will help keep the scratches from making the skin pull too tight as they scab and heal.
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kittee View Post
Bach's Rescue Remedy is about the same as what the above poster posted and I use it with success on Widget (see sig.) He never attacks me though only Pixel.

Something to consider. You can put the drops in his water or on his tongue.
I don't know if I would say that Rescue Remedy is about the same. I would say that Rescue Remedy is more general in its approach, while the ones on Cat Fairies are more specific (kind of the shotgun versus rifle approach). There are also some good flower essence options from Anaflora.

Rescue Remedy is excellent, however, don't get me wrong. That's why we sell it on our site. In fact, we highly recommend it.

At the end of the day, use what works for you.
post #8 of 26
Very true, I did not mean to offend!

I'm just so happy to have found something that calms down the "inner tiger" in Widget that I just want to share it with the world! lol!
post #9 of 26
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i've tried all of those things, didn't seem to do much. She was on the corner of the bed and I was on the computer chair, not even looking at her, i think my bf moved the covers or something. She does this randomly though, my up stairs neighbor will come by and she can't even walk by her without her getting her hand attacked. She's usually on the cat tree when that happens. I've tried everything I can think of other then actual vet meds. It stinks cuz sometimes she seems fine then something stupid will set her off usually my bf trying to be playful or something then she goes after everyone and the cats for a week. my eye lid is nice & swollen & sore this morning, I've been cleaning it since it happen so no worries there...but sheesh this cat can be so frustrating, she's being nice this morning though. The sad thing is she does the best with me....
post #10 of 26
She's had a vet check?
Sorry....but here comes Ms. Promote Drugs.

If the herbal stuff isn't working....Nuit sounds like she's not happy right now...it might be time to try some Rx drugs.
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
yeh I know, I was just hoping not to go that route, the herbal stuff would work briefly but only briefly. Sometimes she seems great then she does this crap and she'll be in a mood the lasts for quite sometime, I was just doing yoga and she would growl at me everytime she'd walk by (comforting while trying to relax!). Last time I brought her to a vet over this....she was so nice at the vets that they thought I was full of it. She'll be going elsewhere....
post #12 of 26
I know of someone with the cat from "you know where".....takes the cat to the vet & she's a doll!
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 
yeh that's pretty much Nuit!!! The vet that had done her surgery didn't believe me either until they had to put her on her back...then they saw a bit of that side!
post #14 of 26
I know this might not be the most popular opinion, but...
If she was ok in her home before with other cats, wouldn't it be better for her to give her to a rescue group, etc. that could find her a place without other cats?

If the major variable that has changed from her previous home to yours is the presence of cats, it just makes more sense to me that she would be happier in a different home without other cats. If she is unhappy and you are unhappy and nothing that you have tried has worked, this may be the best solution.

I would consider myself pretty easy going, but I don't think that I could tolerate living with a cat that could physically attack me at any time. Kudos to you for putting up with her for this long and trying different methods, it is probably more than I would be able to handle.

Art
post #15 of 26
I think that there are cat psychologists that may be able to help.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by artgecko View Post
I know this might not be the most popular opinion, but...
If she was ok in her home before with other cats, wouldn't it be better for her to give her to a rescue group, etc. that could find her a place without other cats?

If the major variable that has changed from her previous home to yours is the presence of cats, it just makes more sense to me that she would be happier in a different home without other cats. If she is unhappy and you are unhappy and nothing that you have tried has worked, this may be the best solution.

I would consider myself pretty easy going, but I don't think that I could tolerate living with a cat that could physically attack me at any time. Kudos to you for putting up with her for this long and trying different methods, it is probably more than I would be able to handle.

Art
I am sure it would be very hard to find a home for an older cat, especially with a history of agression. I certainly also would be scared if my cat was attacking me. Recently he did get mad at me and smacked me with his paw, but certainly that didn't leave any marks.
post #17 of 26
I hope you are alright!
I am somewhat new to the cat world but I have had budgies since I was 5. Some of them were so much people parakeets and loved me and all others. Some were indifferent to human affection. Some were really mean and wanted to nip any part of you that they could. Since I treated them all the same, I have to believe that it might just be part of the animal's disposition.
Good luck!
post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 
the first few months I had her, I did try & find a home for her. Being that she is an overweight, middle aged black cat with attitude that didn't get along with other pets (I had at one point talked to a couple rescues but no one could take her), i had no luck! She has gotten much better from when we have gotten her. she does the whole misplaced aggression though. Last night & the night before I let her sleep in the bedroom without any other pets and she was sweet as could be. I think maybe she needs more alone time. After the whole incident I think the bf is learning to be especially careful with the stupid little things he does as it will set her in a mood for a week. As bad as her re4action was for the first few months of living with us, I don't think I would want to put her or anyone else through that to be honest. my eye is still colorful and swells in the morning but I have been taking care of it. I have been known to kiss her little head but I think I will stay clear of that just incase I don't need to lose an eye!
post #19 of 26
If only re-homing were easier. Ophelia would be a lot happier in another home, but nobody else wants her. She doesn't attack people, at least.
post #20 of 26
guess I'm straying here, but a quick question based on an earlier response about Nuit being a black cat (among other things) and having a hard time to placing her...is there a general dislike of black cats amongst alot of people?

I am surprised to discover this might be the case just recently....I was at a group get together once and I we were playing a game, I forget the name, but the question was which of these animals would player A choose? 1)black cat 2)big dog 3)lizard, some other odd choices like spider or something.

We had to guess before she revealed her answer, and since she has two cats, and has voiced her dislike of big dogs, I chose black cat. Duh!

Well! I don't remember what she chose but it wasn't the cat, but I exclaimed laughing at the absurdity of it, "what?! you never stop talking about your freaking cats!" Her reply was "No way. Ew. I'd never want a black cat." Her cats are some sort of grey and black stripey things-is that called tabby?

So I was dumbfounded. Let me preface all this with the fact that she and everyone else in the group happened to be athiests/naturalists/rationalists -i.e. NOT prone to superstitions of any kind if we can help it. I think I blurted out something like (mind you I was still shocked and not paying attention to what I was saying), "Aww. Why would you dislike an animal because of their color?" I stopped the interrogation though, once I realized I was facing some interesting gut bias she had which she may not enjoy attention being called to it.

If alots of people don't care for black cats, what is the usual reason? Is it something to do with cultural biases based on stories of witches and evil things? I'm not bashing her, just wondering what would make someone feel that way. If that's her reason, I bet she doesn't even realize it.

I've often worried about having a black dog, but for the fear of losing them in the dark and the higher chances of them being hit by a car (actually lost a dog that way). But the "ew" comment seems to discount that as a reason.

Sorry to hijack the post, I do want to commend you for your strength and patience with Nuit's behavior.
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
black cats are just generally harder to adopt out, they are less knowticable in chelter compared to the more colorful ones and in some parts yes superstition. I know it's harder to adopt our black dogs as well. Alot of non cat people I guess see them as less attractive. I think they are gorgeous though!
post #22 of 26
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I think they are gorgeous though!
I agree! Very beautiful. I guess I can see how they can fade into the background though. I will remember to give any black cat or dog I see extra attention when I see them at the stores/adoption centers!
post #23 of 26
I'm sorry about Nuit! (night in French, right?)

I wish I had some answers for you. Sounds like redirected aggression to me; that she doesn't like the other cats.

As for black cats - my experience has been that people either love them or turn their noses up at them. When pressed, people who fall into the latter category don't have a good answer for me. When we have litters come in, the more colorful cats go first. Calicos, torties, gray tabbies. Etc. and if we get any Siamese mixes - whoosh, gone. It's sad. I think black cats are gorgeous and I agree - how can you blame an animal for the color of its fur.
post #24 of 26
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people are so weird about animals. You'd think people would genuenly (spelling probs there!) pick out a pet by the personality (though I guess you could say I picked nuit for hers as I knew she wouldn't get adopted, the woman that rescued her right before me had her for 2 weeks and was ready to bring her to the shelter). Nuit slept with me again last night and was all cuddles! It's so strange to have her be so sweet.
post #25 of 26
She knows that she hurt you and I don't think she meant to.
post #26 of 26
I think black cats are really beautiful and I also believe them to be good luck.

Sounds like Nuit just needed some alone time and it's great that you are giving it to her.
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