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post #31 of 50
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Took a step back this morning. Was attacked twice

Will keep trying
post #32 of 50
By now, you have enough info to almost be an expert about kitty aggression.
Implementing that info in another thing altogether.
What is your gut telling you about why Juno is doing this?

Please introduce the play therapy from the link above.
Exercise might help diffuse Juno's pent up tension.
However, maybe someone else should do it.
post #33 of 50
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Originally Posted by xocats View Post
By now, you have enough info to almost be an expert about kitty aggression.
Implementing that info in another thing altogether.
What is your gut telling you about why Juno is doing this?

Please introduce the play therapy from the link above.
Exercise might help diffuse Juno's pent up tension.
However, maybe someone else should do it.
My thought is somewhere in her short life someone that I must remind her of abused her. She seems to almost guard for my mom. I went into my moms room last night. As soon as juno heard me, she jumped of the bed and got down low to the ground hissing and growling at me. Didn't attack then, but like I said did this morning.

I had thought strides were made because very briefly Sunday morning she brushed up against me. Just once. But I thought it was a start.

Then last night. I was making dinner and I felt something against my leg and it was her sniffing me. She did it briefly and then headed off.

I will try the play therapy. That is about the only thing i havent' yet. I am doing my best with patienece. I really don't want to give up on her. I have been spending quite a bit of time trying with her. She is just so loving to my mom, it puzzles me.
post #34 of 50
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I am doing my best with patienece. I really don't want to give up on her. I have been spending quite a bit of time trying with her. She is just so loving to my mom, it puzzles me.
If you choose to give up on Juno, what will your options be?
Return her to the shelter?
Is it a no kill shelter?
I fear that if you tell them she attacks you, they will not be able to re-place her.
post #35 of 50
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If you choose to give up on Juno, what will your options be?
Return her to the shelter?
Is it a no kill shelter?
I fear that if you tell them she attacks you, they will not be able to re-place her.
It is a no kill shelter.

It would be real hard on my mom if I were to take her back now. Juno just follows her everywhere. As soon as she hears her voice out she comes. Sleeps in her bed etc. They are real close.

I am just going to keep trying.

I really appreciate the support here..
post #36 of 50
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Originally Posted by Jimmy Jazz View Post
It is a no kill shelter.

It would be real hard on my mom if I were to take her back now. Juno just follows her everywhere. As soon as she hears her voice out she comes. Sleeps in her bed etc. They are real close.

I am just going to keep trying.

I really appreciate the support here..
Good, I am really glad to hear that.
Don't forget that you are smarter than Juno.
You can solve this.
post #37 of 50
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Well just an update. Things have not gotten much better. I thought this past Sunday we mayhave turned a corner. She slowly walked over to me and rubbed up against my leg. Then I gave her some treats and she came somewhat close. But then Monday morning I fed her and when I walked away. boom. Attack. then another attack monday night ,and then last night was awful She really came at me, hissing, spitting growling. I have done everything that has been suggested. I am running out of patience.

Juno is such a jeckyl and hyde. My mom tells me how lovable she is with her during the day and I see it myself. Every time I walk anywhere near here now she crouches into attack mode. sometimes I am just lucky and she hisses and leaves. but last night was terrible. I will keep trying, but it is so frustrating.

thanks for listening and caring folks, I very much appreciate.
post #38 of 50
I don't really have any advice, but wanted to commend you on your patience with Juno. She may just still be frightened at having her whole life changed, or have been abused, it is just so hard to say without knowing her complete history.
I may have missed it in all the posts, but if she has not been spayed, that may help. Hormones can be a hard thing to deal with along with all the other things in her life. You seem reluctant to give her up, and that is great. If she goes to a shelter, she may be pts for being aggresive, when she seems to be trying. Please keep us posted on her progress, and we will help you in any way you can, with advice, prayers, vibes. Thanks for trying so hard with this little girl.
post #39 of 50
Try a few more things please before giving up on her. Order some bach flower remedy and ask your mom to rub some on her ears several times a day. Order the essence of Holly- purchase the book by Pam Johnson Twisted Whiskers. Also buy a bottle of Feliway Spray and start lightly spritzing your shoes and legs with the spray. See if that doesn't help her know you are a "friendly." I commend you for your try- most people would have tossed her outside by now, dumped her in the wilderness or taken her back to a shelter.

I wonder if somehow, in the past you did actually hurt her without your knowledge? Stepped on her in the middle of the night, scared her somehow? Just another thought

Good luck
post #40 of 50
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thanks folks. i do not want to give up on her. I am postive she can have a wonderful life with my fmaily. I just love cats and she is so good with my mom. Even though she angers me and makes things uneasy for me, I would hate to bring her back to the shelter and back to dealing with all the other cats.. I will keep trying. but at some point I am not sure. I have spent countless hours sitting on the floor just talking soft to her. only to get hissed at or attacked when I finally get up and walk away.I bought the Feliway Spray a coupel of weeks back, but so far no luck with that. the whole thing makes me sad as I am trying to be so kind to her.
post #41 of 50
lol, the thought of a grown man peeking around corners and fearing for his life because of the cat is amusing. I just want to say thank you for sticking it out. At least she likes your mom and daughter, who would probably be more injured if she attacked them. Good luck with the Feliway. They make calming meds for cats as well. Talk to your vet.
post #42 of 50
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lol, the thought of a grown man peeking around corners and fearing for his life because of the cat is amusing. I just want to say thank you for sticking it out. At least she likes your mom and daughter, who would probably be more injured if she attacked them. Good luck with the Feliway. They make calming meds for cats as well. Talk to your vet.
But she makes just awful noises too.. lol.. It is just a nasty site. This little thing (or angel as my mom calls her). It is not fun
post #43 of 50
DON'T try TO hard! your probally exsausting your cat give her space! if that dosent work you should call a vet. it might have behavior problems. good vibes
post #44 of 50
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Well last night I was excited. juno was sitting up on a table next to my mom. I slowly appraocehd. Her eyes were as big as saucers. I slowly reached out. She looked like she was about to bail. I talked her softly as did my mom. I put my hand out slowly and she sniffed. I then was able to pat her and scratch behind her ears which I know she loves. She seemd uneasy a bit but there was no hiss, claw or attack. I then backed away slowly and prasied her. I then returned moments later and gave her a couple of treats.She wouldn't eat them until I left, but it was a start. We avcoided each other since, but well see tonight when I get home from work. She looked liek she was in attack mode this AM, but I avoided it.

It is funny, I am a 44 year old guy and I am walking on eggshells around a little cat.. But it will be all worth it. I am sure.
post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by Jimmy Jazz View Post
Well last night I was excited. juno was sitting up on a table next to my mom. I slowly appraocehd. Her eyes were as big as saucers. I slowly reached out. She looked like she was about to bail. I talked her softly as did my mom. I put my hand out slowly and she sniffed. I then was able to pat her and scratch behind her ears which I know she loves. She seemd uneasy a bit but there was no hiss, claw or attack. I then backed away slowly and prasied her. I then returned moments later and gave her a couple of treats.She wouldn't eat them until I left, but it was a start. We avcoided each other since, but well see tonight when I get home from work. She looked liek she was in attack mode this AM, but I avoided it.

It is funny, I am a 44 year old guy and I am walking on eggshells around a little cat.. But it will be all worth it. I am sure.
great job! you have gained the trust of your cat!
post #46 of 50
It is definitely worth all of your patient efforts ...
for you, your Mother and for Juno.

More calming vibes on the way to Juno.
post #47 of 50
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thanks folks. Well tonight, the process was repeated exactly. Only thing is after I gave her treats, I walked on the other side of her and got hissed at. But at least I got to pet and sccratch behind her ears again. I will keep at it.

I am determined
post #48 of 50
You are making progress.
post #49 of 50
Don't be to persistent or she will feel threatened. Try ignoring her completely for a few days and see if that doesn't help.
post #50 of 50
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Don't be to persistent or she will feel threatened. Try ignoring her completely for a few days and see if that doesn't help.
thanks for the tip. I will try that.
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