Well, she sounds a lot like my Mishmish
Mishmish is a tortoiseshell, so she has the tricolor temper...
(have a look at her cat page
Now Mishmish will punish (we call it "teach") anyone of us who really misbehaves (especially shouts or makes a loud noise around the house
) Her favorite method is "the swing of the paw" (possibly with claws extended) but she sometimes will try the old "bite your ankle" routine.
Yesterday was a point in case... We brough home my brother-in-law's playstation and had a few wrestling matches. Now, you may go ahead and laugh, but I really do get into these things, shouting my way through the match and making the strangest victory howls
Mishmish was with me within minutes, obviously very concerned about this violations of her house rules
She started biting my arms and legs and became more and more aggressive until I had to quit the game (no fun playing if you can't shout to your heart's content...)
But, as we're generally well trained (hubby and me), we don't make a lot of noise and she's very happy with us I think.
As for other family members, well, here you might find something that will help you. MIshmish had taken an aversion to my brother-in-law (who visits often) and also to a very close friend (also visits quite a lot). They used to call her "the terrorist" because she would generally attack them without warning and for no apparent reason, give them a nice scratch or bite mark (only skin deep but it does hurt).
I noticed that both of them would jump and shout whenever she did it (okay, I guess most people would
). It began to look like some kind of vicious circle. She knows that they're those irritating noisy and jumpy people so she attacks in advance (even if they're quiet at the time). Then they jump and shout, which reinforces their image. The more she does it the more nervous and jumpy they became (getting angry with her if she as much as goes near them). The more nervous they get, the more she's upset around them.
Now comes the interesting part. I decided to try something out and my brother-in-law agreed to give it a try. I had him sit on the floor, so as to be less intimidating, and brought her over. She was as apprehensive as usual and we could see the attack coming. Only this time, I told him to remain very quiet and calm whatever she did. She grab hold of his arms several times, biting and scratching, but he never winced. He just kept looking away from her face (so as not to threaten her) and talking to her in a very low and soothing voice.
It worked like a miracle! She has never attacked him once since that strange therapy session! She's become very used to him and will now come to him to be petted. He feels very comfortable around her and picks her in his arms occasionaly (unheard of before).
The friend refused to go through this and he's still in the same situation regarding the cat (could that be why we've been seeing less and less of him lately?
Now, I want to make this very clear! I am not a cat therapist and this is not a foolproof method. In fact it worked for us, but that was the first and only time we've tried it and I haven't read about it anywhere.
Tell me what you think about the whole thing.