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HELP!! My cat attacks my sister

post #1 of 9
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Please help me, I have an 8-9 month (I think) kitty, his name is Pichu. I got him from an add in facebook offering free kittens. I do not know how old he was but he was very small. My family loves dogs but I never liked them much. So now that they FINALLY agreed to let me have a cat, my cat attacks my sister. It started a couple of weeks ago, we never had any problem when all of a sudden he started attacking her, he jumps at her and bites her hands and arms. When my sister gets him off and throws him away he attacks again. Even I got scratched and bitten getting him off her. His last attack left my sister's hand and arms in a very bad shape, her hand was swollen and had to go to the doctor. She told ALL my family (13 aunts & uncles and 30+ cousins, yes im mexican) and now they want me to get rid of my cat (over my dead body) my parents are trying to convince me to get rid of him ( NOT GONNA HAPPEN) this last few months have been one of the happiest I ever had, I love my cat very much and I don't want to get rid of him. I'm scared that one day I will come home and he won't be there. (I heard my family talking about throwing him away somewhere far away from our house.) Please help me, I dont know what to do.
post #2 of 9
I'm so sorry to here about the situation you are in. I don't have any experience of aggressive cats but he may be like this because he was taken from his mum too young. From reading your post I get the impression that none of your family are really cat lovers if you overheard them saying they were going to throw him away. I can understand that you love Pichu but if none of your family are going to help you sort this out then it's probably best for Pichu that you think about re-homing him. Surly that's better than him being dumped somewhere.
post #3 of 9

I am so sorry about everything you said is going on in your post. Can I ask your age? And your sisters age? And how many people live in your house? And yes I am Caucasian.flail.gifI am just trying to get an idea for how things are set up right now. Does your cat go outside? Who feeds him? Where does he spend his time? Has your sister ever liked him or played with him? Do you have dogs now?

 

I think it is very important that you sit down with your family and maybe just your parents and tell them how much this cat means to you and try not to be emotional but level headed when you explain it to them. Another thing you can try doing is to write to Jackson Galaxy, I am sure someone here knows where to write, and basically explain your situation and plead with him to help you. Enclose lots of pictures. Who knows, might not get a response but you could. I got a horse trainer to come to the ranch where my horse is and help me for free so long as I volunteered to be in the pilot episode of his tv show. Me and my horse. So sometimes things work out. Sometimes they don't either.

 

If you think your family will really get rid of him when you are not around then you have to think of your kittens safety first.

 

Has he been neutered?

 

Won't be able to check back here till tonight late but hopefully someone else can run with the answers to my questions.

 

Good luck

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Im 20 and my sis is 25. We live with our parents. Its 4 people living in the house. When he was little he lived in the house but now that he's bigger my mom don't wants him inside (its the cat hair) but I still smuggle him in through my window and let him sleep in my bed with me like when he was little. I feed him and play with him. My sister did liked him and played with him but mostly me. He's intact for now, he's actually with the vet right now, he's gonna be fixed tomorrow. I would love to call Jackson but I live in texas ( less than 30 miles away from Mexico) its too far away. I just hope that he will calm down once he's fixed );
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Originally Posted by anrym View Post

Im 20 and my sis is 25. We live with our parents. Its 4 people living in the house. When he was little he lived in the house but now that he's bigger my mom don't wants him inside (its the cat hair) but I still smuggle him in through my window and let him sleep in my bed with me like when he was little. I feed him and play with him. My sister did liked him and played with him but mostly me. He's intact for now, he's actually with the vet right now, he's gonna be fixed tomorrow. I would love to call Jackson but I live in texas ( less than 30 miles away from Mexico) its too far away. I just hope that he will calm down once he's fixed );

 

 

it may take a little while for his hormones to work their way out of his system after the neutering, but they will work their way out.

 

maybe there's a way to contact jackson galaxy by email/online?

post #6 of 9

I think that neutering him will really help.

post #7 of 9

I'm not a cat expert cause well, I haven't had cats in years myself, but I help out shelter cats in my local humane society. I don't do much so I'm no Jackson Galaxy - but maybe I can offer some advice? I'm more for the dogs but recently I've been understanding cats language more. This sounds like purely insane chaos you have on your shoulders, and I'd love to hear more and help out. 

post #8 of 9

you poor thing. and your cat.

i hope getting him fixed will help with his aggression.

but i think this has to do with some redirected aggression as well. While your kitty is outside, he may have seen or encountered something that frightened him, scared him, made him feel like he should be on the defensive and unfortunately he took it out on your sister (also, poor thing)

 

I hope once your cat has been fixed, you guys keep him indoors at all times. it may take some time for the hormones to leave his body, but once it does, he will no longer feel the need to roam around outside. Keeping him indoors will also keep him away from dangers such as:

1) fighting with other cats, possibly dying in a cat fight

2) getting attacked by dogs, or other local wildlife in your area

3) getting poisoned

4) hit by a car or any other moving vehicle

these are all very serious dangers your cat faces if he spends most of time outdoors

 

once he is fixed he will need to stay indoors anyways, as he needs time to rest and heal. keep him in your room for now, with a littler box, water and food for him. let that be his territory, then slowly you can let him out into the rest of the house. have your family members take turns feeding him so he gets used to everyone. one way to help deal with your kitties aggression is to 

1) pay attention to his body language: most times, cats give you signs that they are aggressive, agitated and are not feeling good. learn the signs and deal with kitty accordingly. this link: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-behavior/aggression-cats will help you to learn your cat's body language.

2) when you see him being agitated, distract him with play: please invest in some interacting cat toys something with a stick, and string with a toy attached at the end. spend a good 15-30 mins playing with him, at least twice a day. he's a kitten, he's still young, and he has a lot of energy to burn off. 

 

If you can't get in touch with Jackson Galaxy, here are a couple of other ways to get his help IMMEDIATELY:

1) go on youtube and type in his name. TONS of his videos will pop up. and he has many dealing specifically with cat aggression. Please watch them to get an understanding of how to help your kitty

2) if you have a Netflix account, search for the show: "my cat from hell". AMAZING show with Jackson Galaxy, where he goes from home to home to help cat owners with their unruly cats. 

please take the time to watch a few episodes, or watch some videos on youtube. he offers great advice, and these are 2 ways you can immediately get help from him

 

i hope all works out well with your kitty, and that he is more docile after being fixed.

please keep us posted on the progress.

post #9 of 9
Just re read my last post and realise that what I said was quite harsh, sorry for that. The love you have for your cat is plain to see and I understand that totally.

Hopefully now he has been fixed and the hormones are working there way out of his system he will calm down and your family will realise what a joy it is to have a cat. My husband was always a dog person until we got our first cat and its amazing the way those kitties work their magic! I'm sure they will come round.
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