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post #31 of 51
Bless your little girl's heart for caring so much about the kitty in spite of everything! She is a brave and loving little soul.

I hope you will try bringing Princess home -- with claws trimmed, but oh PLEASE, not removed -- and giving her time to settle back into a normal life. I really believe it will work -- but if it doesn't, please let Princess go live with your friends. Don't let her be maimed.

You must feel we're ganging up on you, and I guess we are... but we're doing it with good reason. Declawing is not only morally wrong, but also counterproductive. It will not solve anything, and will almost certainly cause MORE problems.

Sending you good wishes for a happy outcome...
post #32 of 51
I definitely agree with everyone who has advised against declawing. It will almost certainly not help and will probably make the situation worse.

Declawing is EXTREMELY painful - almost any vet will tell you this. Think about how much it would hurt to have all your fingers cut off at the first knuckle! Pain causes cats to behave erratically and does cause them to lash out unpredictably. And the pain is not just in the short term after the operation. Phantom limb pain is extremely common whenever an appendage is amputated - this is when the amputated body part feels like it is still there and extremely painful. If you know anyone who has had an arm or leg amputated, ask them about it. They'll tell you it's awful. This kind of chronic pain will make your cat much more likely to attack in the future.

Declawing also removes only the front toes. Out of the cat's three "weapons" (front claws, back claws, and teeth), the front claws are the least damaging. A scratch from a front claw is just a scratch. A scratch from a back claw is pretty much a nasty open gash, because the back claws are much less sharp. And a bite, well forget it. Cat bites are nasty and they can send you to the emergency room. A cat without his front claws will have only his back claws and teeth to defend himself with. You're a million times better off if the cat has his front claws as a choice.

If you declaw, you will have a cat who is in severe pain and who has only her two deadlier weapons in her arsenal. There is just no way anyone will be safer in this situation. Have you talked with the behaviorists about declawing? I suspect that they would second the recommendations of everyone here - it is not a solution!
post #33 of 51
I second, third or forth the DO NOT DECLAW her idea. It will only lead to more problems down the line. They don't just remover the claws and all is well. There is an incredib;e amount of pain and suffering to go along with it. Plus the litterbox issues... and she can still BITE, and she will. You think you have problems now...just wait until u have her claws ripped out.
post #34 of 51
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not declaw this cat. If you are going to do that can I suggest that you find another home for this baby and perhaps try another kitty for you? (Of course not declawed either). There is a reason that it is banned in many countries - in Australia it is listed under the Cruelty to Animals Act with the RSPCA. It is barbaric and torture for the poor kit, and trust me you will have SO many behavioural issues to deal with if you do this - you think it's bad now, just wait until you have her declawed and see how she behaves when she is in agony and hates you for doing it to her.
post #35 of 51
Don't declaw. If it's in your contract (if the cat is purebred Siamese she will come from a breeder) I would strongly advise against it.

Good luck.
post #36 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by semiferal
I definitely agree with everyone who has advised against declawing. It will almost certainly not help and will probably make the situation worse.

Declawing is EXTREMELY painful - almost any vet will tell you this. Think about how much it would hurt to have all your fingers cut off at the first knuckle! Pain causes cats to behave erratically and does cause them to lash out unpredictably. And the pain is not just in the short term after the operation. Phantom limb pain is extremely common whenever an appendage is amputated - this is when the amputated body part feels like it is still there and extremely painful. If you know anyone who has had an arm or leg amputated, ask them about it. They'll tell you it's awful. This kind of chronic pain will make your cat much more likely to attack in the future.

Declawing also removes only the front toes. Out of the cat's three "weapons" (front claws, back claws, and teeth), the front claws are the least damaging. A scratch from a front claw is just a scratch. A scratch from a back claw is pretty much a nasty open gash, because the back claws are much less sharp. And a bite, well forget it. Cat bites are nasty and they can send you to the emergency room. A cat without his front claws will have only his back claws and teeth to defend himself with. You're a million times better off if the cat has his front claws as a choice.

If you declaw, you will have a cat who is in severe pain and who has only her two deadlier weapons in her arsenal. There is just no way anyone will be safer in this situation. Have you talked with the behaviorists about declawing? I suspect that they would second the recommendations of everyone here - it is not a solution!

Normally cats who are declawed resort to biting as their defense. And you certainly don't want to risk being bitten by a cat, especially your daughter. Cat bites almost always cause an infection. One of the Drs at work was recently bitten on the hand by a declawed cat and it was swollen to twice it size. It was swollen and very painful for about 2 weeks!!

Try clipping the claws regularly, applying soft paws and giving her lots and lots of appropriate things to scratch on (and praising her when she does).

Please reconsider your decison!
post #37 of 51
I also agree with those opposed to declawing. Please don't do it. It is inhumane and unkind.

Your darling kitty's behaviour that day was caused by something, possibly a reaction to the valium or something else. Declawing her is not the answer. Work out why she did what she did and treat the cause.

Best of luck no matter what your decision.
post #38 of 51
I agree with finding a new vet.
post #39 of 51
Such a sad sad incident. My heart hurts for your family and for Princess. I can understand your reluctance to bring the cat back into your family with a small child at risk. I once had a friend whose cat was spayed and it attacked her in much the same way about a week after returning home. The vet felt that it had something to do with hormones and the spay but nothing was ever resolved. She also had her cat put to sleep as she was afraid of her. I wonder how often this happens. Has anyone else heard of similar incidents?
post #40 of 51
I have to add my voice - do NOT declaw your kitty. It is counterproductive. Many dec;awed kitties become biters and you still really do not know why she acted the way she did. It could be a number of things and many cats act strangely when administered valium. I cannot understand why the vet gave that to a cat post spay - it makes no sense, pain meds and antibics are essetial but valium? I wonder if she has an infection or there is some toxin from the hurricane? Even the stress of the hurricane itself may have affected her. I know one woman who managed to save 9 of her 10 cats from New Orleans and they are all suffereing post traumatic stress and 2 are quite aggressive but getting better. I do think this kitty needs a second chance - it is likely this incident occured thru no fault of her own.

I really do not understand why you would call Animal Control and not your vet. I could see AC if it was someone else's pet but not your own!! AC will now have her in their books as a dangerous cat and they would put her to sleep , punish her for what is most prob a medical issue. I do wish you well - it is tough situation.
post #41 of 51
oh no! I am so sorry!
post #42 of 51
Thread Starter 
we have decided not to spay her. we had a meeting with our new vet that came highly recommended by the animal behavor specialist. On that Sunday when she attacked we were freaked out by it everything was closed and the spca was the only thing that came to my husbands mind. I had a friend cal yesterday and told us to swab Hanna's mouth and when Princess gets home rub the swab on her nose and she will get used to her scent. this happened to her also and the cat never left her childs side. Also Sigfree (?) and Roy did the same thing after the tiger attack. So we are going to give that a try and continue with the soft claws. We are going to get her today
post #43 of 51
By not spaying her she has to go through the uncomfortable heat cycles along with being at risk of catching breast cancer
post #44 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by dixichik
we have decided not to spay her. we had a meeting with our new vet that came highly recommended by the animal behavor specialist. On that Sunday when she attacked we were freaked out by it everything was closed and the spca was the only thing that came to my husbands mind. I had a friend cal yesterday and told us to swab Hanna's mouth and when Princess gets home rub the swab on her nose and she will get used to her scent. this happened to her also and the cat never left her childs side. Also Sigfree (?) and Roy did the same thing after the tiger attack. So we are going to give that a try and continue with the soft claws. We are going to get her today
I'm so glad you are going to give it another try. I just have to say I commend you for making this effort. I volunteer at a shelter & trust me when I say a lot of people would not think twice about giving her up.
You said you were not going to spay her, but did you mean declaw? I thought your first post said she was spayed a couple weeks ago?
post #45 of 51
Thread Starter 
Im sorry I meant we decided not to declaw her and yes she was spayed a couple of weeks ago. I have her right her beside me. It was a nervous night and morning. When hanna got home from school Princess acted a little vervous so that made Jason nervous and he stayed at home. He has been working 2-11 p.m. since we got back to New Orleans. He has his own business so thank God he stayed home because I was nervous too. We put her in her cage this morning when Hanna got up and she meowed 4ever and Hanna went up to the cage and was being calm and nice. Princess has been skitish since she got spayed.. So i guess I will put her in our room when Hanna gets home from school if she acts up again. We got the soft paws on her put she hisses every now and then.
post #46 of 51
Bless you for your kindness to this kitty! You're doing all the right things, and although it make take a little time, I feel certain it will work out. Our highest hopes are with you!
post #47 of 51
Again I think it's great what you are doing, but I just want to make one suggestion. I know it's hard & totaly normal that your nervous, but keep in mind that she can sense your emotions. When I introduced Isaac to Levi & Jordan I had to really try and relax because they could sense my nervousness & then they were nervous. So just try to keep that in mind, but I know it's hard not to be nervous with everything that happend. Best of luck & I think your on the right track
post #48 of 51

to Opilot she is only possibly getting her declawed so that she can keep her, Which do you think is worse declawing, or killing? just saying.

post #49 of 51
This thread is 12 years old. You are not going to get answers
post #50 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by opilot View Post

I may be harsh here with you but I'm
completely opposed to declawing.

I think this
is one topic that people need education on.

Do NOT declaw her JUST so you can KEEP her!!

Declawing cats leads
almost without fail somewhere along the line
to pooping outside box issues. Maybe next year
or 2 years or 10... but somewhere down the line...

Many of the cats at shelters wind up there
because of this problem, that is CAUSED by
declawing. Ask around... all the rescue groups will
tell you this. Then they get put down...

A cat that cannot claw - can BITE!
(Believe me, I've been clawed and bitten
many times... ) Biting is worse than clawing...

Please, please talk to multiple vets, rescue
groups. etc

they will ALL tell you the same thing.

Once it begins, (peeing and pooping problems associated
with declawing) you will wind up putting the cat to sleep
or giving to the shelter because no one wants a cat that goes out
of the box!!

Including you and hubby--
no matter how much you profess you love her.

I know you want to keep her, and I *don't* mean to
be harsh, but please don't be shelfish! You HAVE
a potential home lined up. You have options to the
declawing.

You don't want
her to pee and poop outside the box and have trouble
all her life with this.

And think of the pain Princess will suffer ALL HER LIFE because
of declawing! It is as if you were having your own knuckles cut off!!
Would YOU do that to YOU? Or to your child? OR someone you "love"?

If you have a heart, let her go to a better home where
she can be happy AS IS!

No children to mess with her, no declawing -
just lots of love and the ability to be a whole cat - not
mutilated.

If you need another cat for your child or for your
self to fill the void left behind - you can *always*
give a home to one of the many many cats awaiting
home in shelter.

Shelters and rescue groups can help you find a
purrrfect match for you.

Although it hurts you...the cat would be happier,
and YOU would be teaching your child a great lesson
about responsiblity and making hard decisons.

Just my two cents.

I have had several cats (7) declawed over the years before knowing much about the procedure.  I have NEVEr out of all my cats had one that became a biter, withdrawln, or had health problems. This is highly over exagerated by some.

 

My Mac is getting nuetered and declawed Monday. I wasn't ever planning on doing it knowing what I know now. I got (saved his life) Mac on June 30th. Three weeks later I had a stroke. I have recovered for the most part (still have left sided weakness) but I am on blood thinners. Mac does not mean to scratch me but does occasionally when playing. When he does I bleed badly even if its a little scratch. He and my Mia (me as well) would be devastated to loose each other. I will not allow this to happen to them so he will be declawed. Sometimes you have to do whats best for your cat and in this womanns position she believes it is. Her cat is obviously as attached to her as she is to it. People shouldnt be so judgemental!

post #51 of 51

I just realized this is an old thread. Should have raed it all the way through before posting. oops!  :)

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