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we love our kitten very much. don't get me wrong. but besides our love for our little Bacci, my roommate and i have discovered yet another massive emotion regarding our little fluffy foo foo:

FEAR.

we are becoming afraid of our kitten. why, you ask?

well, let me give you an example of something that just happened. i'm sitting in the chair, saving the world (in playing dress up - ff x-2). Bacci is laying on my shoulder and just hanging out.

suddenly, she turns to me and ATTACKS my face. out of the blue. half sleeping one second, vicious wild animal the next. i feel her claw stick into my lower lip. i grab her with my right hand to plunk her on the ground. she viciously attacks it, too, and digs all her claws into my ARM as i'm trying to sit her down on the floor, holding on for dear life. i scream and my light plunking turns into a fight or flight sort of thing: i immediately want to fling the cause of my hurt as far from me as possible.

no, i did not throw the cat across the room. but i almost did.

e freaking GADS. this is becoming a daily ritual. she goes from loving to total offense at the drop of a hat. i have various cuts all over my legs, hands, arms, FACE from her doing this. is it because she had been a wild kitty before we adopted her? would spaying the HELL out of her help? possibly completely removing her LIMBS?!? we could put her on a little wheely cart and pull her everywhere! yesssss!

i'm very much a cat person. very very much. but e freaking GADS, i can't handle the SATANIC WHIMS of the little demon waif we've adopted much longer. it's not even that we play with her with our hands or anything - something i've always been adamant about not getting them in the habit of. every single cut and scrape all over me is the direct result of her viciously attacking me as i reach down to pet her, as i try to get her off my lap, as i try to feed her, as i try to get up off the chair.

i think i'm going to go peroxide my wounds now. they're swelling up quite nicely.

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pootrootbeer
Nov. 12th, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC)
Sometimes cats just HAVE to be chucked across the room. They land on their feet, don't worry.

Also, yes. Spay the hell out of her.
aubkabob
Nov. 15th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)
our cat isn't... well, she isn't the most graceful. she RARELY lands on her feet.

maybe that will get better as she gets older.

if i don't END her first.
theraydog79
Nov. 12th, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
i'm a cat person myself but
next time toss her across the room. she'll land on her feet and after a little while she'll understand why she's being tossed.
trimming and/or declawing her might also help you out. if not your furniture.
aubkabob
Nov. 15th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)
the technique i've started to try is the picking up by the scruff of her neck - like her mommy would do - lightly shaking her, and saying "NO" loudly, deeply, and forcefully. usually she leaves me alone after a few repeat offenses...
cerpentine_fyer
Nov. 12th, 2004 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yes you should spay the hell out of her, it calms them down. And you disciplin her when she freaks out like that. lock her away somewhere untill she begins to whine then let her out after a couple of minutes. They're like children, they'll eventually learn their lesson and behave more.
Good luck with the PSYCHO KITTY LOL :P
aditu
Nov. 13th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I lock the kitty in the bathroom for awhile when she's bad.
Neutering helped calm down my mom's cat A LOT.
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lordrexfear
Nov. 12th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
As three others already said... Cats are actually trainable. Even into doing tricks if you the patience... so train that kitty.
aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 04:33 am (UTC)
we've gotten her to the point where she knows that biting is bad: she'll clomp down once, and then lick whatever part of us she had tried to gnaw on in a momentary lapse of reason.

now the claws on the otherhand...
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aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)
i always was before this cat, i still have lots of reservations against it, in case she either gets out, or God forbid we have to give her to new owners that let her out...
baryon
Nov. 13th, 2004 02:48 am (UTC)
Yes, get her spayed.

If that fails, maybe you could fill a squirt gun or spray bottle with water and squirt her every time she attacks. Make sure the bottle is VERY clean inside though first. You wouldn't want to damage her eyes.
aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 04:38 am (UTC)
oh yes. though a lot of what she does is around the electronics, which wouldn't do.

we're taking it one step at a time.
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a_muse_d
Nov. 13th, 2004 03:26 am (UTC)
i agree with everyone else. spay her, toss her across the room.

since she's a kitten, she'll probably just consider the tossing to be play, and come bounding back for more. especially if you designate a corner and put a pillow or two there (or even if you don't, but it's an empty corner).

i'm not against grabbing kitty paws tightly in my hand and bopping them on the nose to show them i'm bigger than them and i rule. it worked on my Tiggy, she and her sister learned to know better than to try that shit with me, and she lived for 13 years and loved me as much as i loved her. many happy purr filled memories.
aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 04:47 am (UTC)
awww, good idea. though she seems snakelike in that she can move her head and neck around at curious angles in order to chew our hands to death...

... but it's definitely worth trying :)
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washell
Nov. 13th, 2004 04:20 am (UTC)
If I hadn't gotten my evil devil spawn of a cat recently neutered we could have mated them and they could have ruled the world!
I do know exactly what you mean however about the fear. My cat doesn't scratch, he bites....like draws blood bites. When I'm walking through our apartment he'd run up behind me and grab my ankles and sink his teeth into my leg. I now have scars all along the back of my lower legs from where he's attacked me. We tried spraying him with water, but that only worked when he attacked us while we were sitting somewhere with the water bottle close. When you're walking you don't want to carry a water bottle with you everywhere. So he's gotten kicked in the head many times by me. It was the only thing I could do in retaliation. I just bring my foot up while he's biting me and the heel smacks him in the chin. We tried the isolation method of locking him in his kennel after he'd done it...that didn't work for us. We tried the squirt bottle method...sort of works. We tried the freeze and yelp and not play method...didn't work for us. We got him fixed in September and it's getting better now. I don't think he's attacked me at all this week. I do still walk very carefully around my house looking for the cat to attack me at any moment. That really pisses me off that I'm afraid to walk around my own house but hopefully when I'm sure he's not going to attack me anymore I can stop doing that. I would definately have your cat fixed asap and possibly declawed (but don't say that out loud cause people get in an uproar about it!). If the neuter fixed my monster of a cat I'm sure it can fix your problem too, just don't wait as long as I did.
aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 04:51 am (UTC)
ooh thanks for the mah-velous tips :) definitely great luck on your hairy little demon! :D
thomsirveaux
Nov. 13th, 2004 05:12 am (UTC)
My Madi was almost as much of a holy terror when she was little - I still have the scars on my right hand and forearm to prove it - and now she's a perfectly sane adult. (As sane as cats can be, anywho.)

I agree with the above suggestions of spaying - that will calm her down a good deal.
aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 04:57 am (UTC)
once i start feeling better and have more of a mental capacity around me, i'm definitely going to look into it, see if they have a deal like they did in phoenix where you can take them in and get their full shots and spaying/neutering for nearly nothing + a donation...
aintesduck
Nov. 13th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
Cats are sadistic little buggers. Make sure you clean those scratches out good.
aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
very much so. peroxide hath becometh my bestest friend.
jaddziadax
Nov. 14th, 2004 12:18 am (UTC)
i think its a phase, Ta-Kun does the same to me, though he is calming down
aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
good to know :)
asillittle
Nov. 14th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC)
our cat will have nightmares and freak out. The other day I was by the sliding back door looking at my dog lying upside down and when I called my dad to look at the cuteness, and picked up my other cat at the same time, said sleeping cat hissed at me like I was a masked murderer. I froze holding the other poor cat in my hands (hanging really) but the other cat didn't even flinch (suppose she must be used to it now). We can't ever let her sleep by us because she'll wake up in the middle of the night and attack. Weirdo.
aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 10:29 pm (UTC)
egads, the poor kitty. maybe she's a drug baby, her mommy smoked pot (or lived in a house of druggies!)
scene_stealer
Nov. 18th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
my cat is kinda like that. you'll be petting her all nice and then suddenly she tries to rip your hand to shreds. it seems to be her way of saying "that's enough petting, thank you."
i agree w/others. spay her and it should calm her down some. and it sounds like she could use some discipline if she does this all the time like you say she does.
aubkabob
Nov. 20th, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC)
definitely definitely (i type as Bacci is currently locked in the bathroom for Time Out.)
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