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Unread 01-03-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Im not happy with her today All I did was go to the door holding her to say bye to my mom who came to drop something off [ This all of a few minutes] she got in the car and pulled out and chloe lost it!!! she scratched me badly all over jumped down and ran off up the stairs!!.Im really annoyed I have nasty scratches on my neck and hands and arms Ok after 5 minutes of holding her she might want to get down why scratch me horribly to tell me that? makes me think shes a bit evil. she just did it from no-where?
I thought I got along with her now we havent had much incident shes 6 months now she was good having her 1 stitch out . was happy in the vets she just seems to randomly be nasty I hope she doesnt grow up to be spiteful.

on a side not - shes also starting to be a bit fussy with her food ive not changed it or anything. she still attacks the sofas when possible. shes more interest in the hamsters not sure if I should move them to another room .

shes being a brat at the moment.
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I think that something probably startled her (possibly the noise of the car starting up) & that's why she panicked and scratched you in her hurry to run away somewhere she felt safe. My cats are indoor cats and I made the mistake of standing at the door with one of them as she seemed curious as to what lay beyond the door. A car went past, the noise frightened her and I ended up scratched in her scrabble to get back inside the house. I'm sure your cat didn't mean to hurt you or was being spiteful, I think she was scared by something.
By the way I'd definately make sure the hamsters are kept somewhere out of the way of the cat!
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I go through the same thing with my cat. He is very easily startled and doesnt care who is around or who is holding him. You are getting sliced up period! It gets me very upset but then I calm down again after a while. Sometimes im left with scars for days and weeks with his claws.
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Sounds like your cat was definitely startled, probably by both the car starting and the car moving. Your cat is not evil...at least not intentionally!
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cats sometime are so careless...
same with mine...
sometimes he hurts me with his claws...

anyway be careful with your hamsters...
better keep it away from your cat...
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Princesskittygirl, cats are not spiteful creatures. Nor are they evil. Everything you describe in all your posts are normal cat behaviors and normal cat reactions. Especially for a six month old kitten.

I would advise you to try to be a bit calmer and not expect so much. She's a kitten, a baby. She has to be taught, with calm quiet voice, endless patience, and much repetition, how to behave.

I realize this is your first cat, and you had no way of knowing that standing in an open outside doorway with her in your arms was asking for trouble. She was frightened and reacted. She did not scratch you out of spite. She was behaving perfectly normally for the situation.

She's not a brat, she's a baby. She needs her own furniture to scratch on, and she has to be taught how to use it. She needs you to play Games with her every day, to keep her from getting bored and destructive.

Cats living in a high stress household will develop all kinds of personality problems and physical illnesses. The good people in this forum can help you cope with things, but you really do need to calm down and control your reactions to her kitten ways.


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I agree with the others about this behaviour. Every cat I've ever had has done this more then once. Just remember to think ahead and think that a situation may induce a cat to freak. You will learn as you are with this kitten what may or may not get him all upset and frightened. No worries.
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