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Aug. 1st, 2007

Bacci just attacked me BRUTALLY, for making a weird sound.

She launched herself - LAUNCHED HERSELF - from the stairwell in a howling, screaming mass of claws. I froze like I usually do when she gets evil like that, which usually works.

This time, she kept attacking. And kept attacking. And kept attacking.

She swung around my legs, climbed up my back, went for my head. She swung around my legs again before I could move... and then she went for Daniel.

The last time she attacked me was NOTHING like this. My legs look like MEAT. I bled a LOT. My arm is bruised where she made initial contact, and I do not bruise easily. If I wouldn't cause the entire night shift to shut down, I would stay home from work - I'm a stupid sobbing, shaking, bleeding mess.

It didn't even feel weird as I sat on the toilet (lid down, of course), in my underwear as Jessie and Daniel helped me with my wounds, when I won't even wear shorts around them.

My legs hurt and itch like hell, and I have to wear pants all night.

...

As much as I hate to say it - part of what has been causing me to cry so much - I think we need to find a new home for Bacci. She isn't safe anymore, for any of us. We tiptoe around the house as it is, and now a slightly odd noise will cause THIS? I mean, with a cat as feral as this, would she even be okay on a farm or something?

I just don't know what to do.

/cry

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ignusfaatus
Aug. 2nd, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
im sorry. you might have to put her down. if you cant do that, i recommend keeping her in a cage.

view_from_here
Aug. 2nd, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
owww, goodness!
grinningskull
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
I had a cat go feral on me once. It attacked me. I signed it over to the Humane Society, where they put it down. Honestly? You shouldn't live in fear of the cat. If its attacked you once badly, that's bad enough. If the cat has attacked you before...well, there's really no option. You can't have a pet that is dangerous. And this cat sounds dangerous.
ne_today
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe see if there are any feral cat rescues in your area willing to take her?

I'm sorry, hon. I hope you feel better.
pallas__athena
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
I'm sorry that you have go through this, as much of a a crazy cat lover I am, I think the other commenters are right, she sounds dangerous and you should probably have to turn her over to human society. I know how hard it is to have to have a pet put down, but there isn't really any alternatives and it's better than keeping her in a cage.
aintesduck
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Oh man... that's a bit much. I don't think you can live safely with a cat acting like that.
wendywoowho
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey, I'm so sorry. What an awful place in which to find yourself!
nevershagagreek
Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
I just don't get why she suddenly went feral. I've had literally hundreds of cats over the years (having lived on a farm), and I've only had *one* do that to me. Turns out she had cancer and the poor thing must have been in a lot of pain for years before we figured out what was wrong.

Either way, she's not the Bacci she used to be. There has to be somethign causing this. If, in the end, she does have to be put down, don't beat yourself up. Poor kitty's clearly not happy in her current state.
brosely
Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
bacci actually IS the cat she used to be. or atleast has been for the last couple of years since i've lived here. she's ALWAYS hated me and would attack me at random. the first time i can remember her freaking out on someone was when our friend climbed through our window to unlock our door for aubs and that has got to be atleast two years ago.

she was completely wild when i got her as a kitten from our friends yard like 3 years ago (i think?)and has never been a nice cat, in my opinion. i don't want her put down, of course, but i think its time we figured SOMETHING out. /shrug
ckocher
Aug. 2nd, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
I used to do a lot of work with ferals at a shelter and to have them consistently attack like this isn't just her being feral - it's a sign of a totally different problem. My gut tells me that there is some kind of chemical thing going on in her head - ferals won't keep attacking unless they are cornered. They just run away. And it's not safe to be around her if she's like this with no sign of improvement.

This sucks. I'm so sorry.
aubbieincognito
Aug. 2nd, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
i am sorry. this may be obvious but have you taken her to a vet? Or at least called the Humane society? there is something wrong with her and it is not her personality. She is sick in some way.
faetal
Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
i havent known what to say, but i do agree that something might be going on medically. I mean, she was always a bitch, i got scratched quite a few times ( usuallly when i was putting clothes on her)

aubs i'd take her if i had a house and a yard, i think the fact thats she's been trying to get outside soo much is indicative of something as well, she seems really pent up, and it seems to build to explosion status.

She's always been very active, with cat sports and all that, i think she needs more room to roam.

that said, i think she'd make an excellent mouser, if you can find someone who needs a barn cat.

gldngrrl
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
hmm
As I started to read this post I was thinking, geez, the minute a dog attacks someone, even if it's too much nipping, he's outta there, but a cat>??? then I read on about you thinking about getting rid of your kitty. :(

I'm sorry. I actually had to get rid of a dog for biting. He NEVER bit anyone in the family but would attack kids that got in his face. And even tho he was mean like that, it was hard. We missed and loved him.

It could possibly be an organic-disease related problem as other posters suggested. I am pretty sure our dog was getting some kind of aggro-doggie-alzheimers or something.

crushdmb
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs* first, i suggest calling a vet to see what they have to say, maybe a few vets, and then go frm there. that way you know you're doing the right thing, whatever it is (it'll help ease your mind, at least).

<3 <3

sending good thoughts.
slave1
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
I agree with having your kitty checked out by a vet. There really is no reason to just become feral, they're usally acting out because of a much more serious reason.

If there is nothing that can be done, I would speak to a no-kill shelter or cat rescue and see what they advise. Putting her down should not be an option in my opinion...
kateri_kachina
Aug. 2nd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
She sounds like she might be mentally ill, hon. I think it would be a good idea to bring up this possibility with the vet and see if anything can be done.

It could be apossibility that she'll need to be put down. My friend's dog (a loveable and very sweet springer spaniel) just went absolutely psychotic over the course of a couple of weeks, and there was nothing that could be done for her.

*tight hugs* I know that this is going to be hard for you and just wanted to let you know I'm keeping you and Bacci in my thoughts. But you shouldn't have to endure this sort of behavior from her. It's dangerous to you and to everyone else who may come in contact with her.
shannon_elaine
Aug. 2nd, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Make sure you use Bacitracin or A&D on the scratches and bites. Cat bites and scratches can become horribly infected within a couple of hours. My ex father in law got bit by his cat a couple of months ago and was in the hospital for a week afterwards.
newroticgirl
Aug. 2nd, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Aieeee. *hugs* :(
pentomino
Aug. 2nd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
FERAL CAT IS FERAL.
Sadly, everyone I know with cats has some kind of huge problem with them. Either they destroy property, or they destroy people's legs, or they're sick and dying for years on end, or they're morbidly obese, or a combination of the above.

It surprised me the first fifty times I noticed it, because I had a healthy cat. He was an outdoor cat, so we didn't even need to keep a litter box. Neutered but not declawed. Twice a year he would puke on the carpet, and once a year he'd get into a cute sneezing fit. And then one day he vanished.

He was born to the cat next door, so the whole litter knew every kid in the apartment complex by the time any of them were adopted. So feral behavior was never a problem. And the more I read about other cats, the more I think that's probably the only way I'd ever get another cat. You never know if you're going to get another Hamburger and Fries unless you knew them as a kitten.

I don't have a cat anymore because I'm allergic.
baryon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
I am sorry your cat keeps attacking you, and so viciously this time.

She may have a medical problem. I would take her to the vet or a no kill shelter before putting her down. If you do take her to a shelter and she has a medical problem they can fix, I am sure she will be adopted. She is a beautiful cat.

I am opposed to declawing pets, but in this extreme case, maybe an exception is warranted. It would be much easier for you to fend off attacks since she would only have her teeth to attack you with.
aubkabob
Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
This is true, though I've found two spots on my body - one on my arm, and one on my right calf - where she bit me hard enough for all four of her fangs to go in DEEP.

Thank you for the tip on the no kill shelter and such. I would love to find a solution to where I could take her to a vet and get what is wrong with her fixed, but I am so beyond broke.
sweet_tiff4prez
Aug. 4th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
damn :(
aubkabob
Aug. 5th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
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