Originally Posted by Persi & Alley
Marianjela is on a roll and used separate while luvmycat1 lengthened her lead by using the word time.
Thanks once again Lee! I guess I am on a roll, but I dont think I will ever catch up to the big dogs - but I'm quite happy where I'm at now
I, personally, have never been bitten or attacked (in anger or fear) by a cat. My daughter; however, has been. When she was about 2 years old, actually it was before she was two I think, she was attacked by my mother's cat. I was in the kitchen helping my mom and Kaitlynn was playing in the living room, when all of a sudden we heard a blood curdling scream. Kaitlynn had crawled after the cat and cornered it, hence provoking the attack. The cat scratched her face pretty good. Being a new mom (and paranoid) I took her to the emergency room. Some of the scratches came pretty close to her eye, but luckily missed the eye itself. Her face was covered in blood, but once she was cleaned up it wasnt as bad as it looked. Of course it didnt require any stitches, but she still has a few very faint pin-point scars on her face under her right eye.
No one in my family was ever attacked by our own cats, but the kids have been scratched or bitten while playing with them. Nothing major, just typical cat stuff.
But I am reminded of a friend's cat. Psycho Cat! A while back she had a litter of kittens, and when we would go over to visit the cat would attack the kids out of the blue just for walking through the dining room. I know she was just being protective, but she was crazy! She would jump out of her hiding spot at the kids wrap her paws around the boys' leg and bite at them. Or stand on her hind legs and bat at them repeatedly like demented boxer! The family finally had to look her in the cage/carrier with her kittens. It didnt help that the kittens were older and roaming around on there own, most ignoring the mom cat when she called.
I've never read about warning signs of an attack by a cat, but I have learned about them in a dog. Also, know some things NOT to do to a dog to prevent them feeling threatened and attacking. The other day my youngest daughter and I were watching an animal show on Discovery and there was a reporter interviewing a new police dog, a German Shepard. The reporter kneeled in front of the dog (still towering over the dog while sitting) and put his hands on the dogs neck. Immediately I predicted the dog would bite the man. His ears went back and he latched out - the canines handler was right there with the dog on a short lead, but not before he got a hold of the man's face. Anyway, even though I have never read the indications of a cat attack, I did know a few of them; the flattened ears, the lashing tail, of course the growling, hissing and spitting, and even one not on there, the arched back where their fur stands up on their back. Ever see a cat ready to attack a dog?
I didnt know about the eyes though, and even though I now do, still dont think I would pay that much attention. I think the other signs are more evident.
I dont think any of my cats have ever given any of those signs while playing with them, except for maybe the ears. But I have seem them give the signs when playing with the dog or other cats - like enough is enough!
As for where to find the signs. I think if I would have signed on in time this morning I definitely would have known where to find them. I have visited Cat Snips and Cat Behavior so many times since I learned of the Kwiz I am aware of a lot more now and can probably find that stuff in my sleep!
Guess that it for now. Buh bye!