I hope someone can help me with my baby. Casey is 4 years old and is extremely aggressive. She has always been skittish and has never really cared for my kids. They have never mistreated her, but I think because the kids are generally loud, she didn't like them for that reason. We also have a Black Lab, which she does not like either. Because she was an inside cat and because I didn't see any reason, I never had her spayed. Her aggressive behavior seemed to be getting worse, in that she would jump out and attack the kids legs when they would be walking down the hall. So, I decided almost two months ago to have her spayed. Casey had taken over the spare bedroom quite some time ago, so thats where she stayed to recover from her surgery so that she would not be bothered. Approximately one week after surgery, she attacked my dog. I had to literally pull her off of him. I took her to the vet so that they could do a 24 hour observation. They said she was fine but gave me some sedatives for her. After taking the sedatives for four days, she then attacked my daughter. The vet's answer is to give her more time to allow her body to get back to normal. So, I was referred to a site online for cat behavior and was told to not keep her locked up, but to let her out with the entire family, but at the first sign of aggression, me or the kids were to squirt her with a squirt bottle. So, last night, I had the kids come into her room one at a time to see how she would react to them being around her, and she was actually quite affectionate towards them. I was so relieved that she was actually getting better. So, she was allowed out into the living room and sat next to my daughter on the couch with me on the other side. Because Casey had been letting my daughter pet her, she reached down to pet her again. Casey growled at her, so doing what I was told to, I squirted her with the bottle. She lunged at me and scratched me up pretty good. She continued to come at me and would not back off. Once my husband came into the room, she took off. He wants her put down, but I really have a hard time with it. Even though she attacked me, I still want to help her if I can. So, if anyone has any ideas, please tell me what to do. I am against declawing, but I am also against putting her to sleep. I really need some help here.
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8/21/03 at 5:38pm