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Do cats every have a 'one-off' outburst of aggression?
I'd been away for 2 days. As usual the cats jumped in my bed when I turned in for the night. I jumped out of bed unexpectedly to set the alarm. (Very atypical) My cat Walter went bananas, scratched me badly, hissing, yowling, crying. Later he came back in bed. This morning he's friendly but not purring as usual. He is typically a bit hyper but always uber affectionate. He's 6 years old. Thank you.
i hope you dont mind if i answer this. it sounds like your cat is stressed out. he may be more dependent on you than you realize. he may have a form of separation anxiety. try this. tell your kitties that you will be back and step outside, making sure they cannot see you from windows or hear you. go sit in your car if you need to. in five minutes, come back in and say loudly and cheerfully "im back!". later in the after noon repeat, staying out ten minutes. next day repeat and go to store or something. make each time a bit longer. never fail to say "ill be back" and Im back!. from that time on every time you leave the house tell them you will be back and when you enter the house say im back. they will soon learn that they have nothing to fear so long as you say you are coming back because you ALWAYS do. if you see a continued aggression inspite of doing this it may be time to see a vet as there might be an underlying illness to blame. good luck
Thanks for your response... I would agree, we are pretty hooked into each other. I actually do tell them "I'll be back" and so on. I agree with you... they understand and need to know what's going on. He seems much better tonight! YAY:-) Thanks
i am glad to hear he is doing better. when we have pets like that it means taking extra steps to help them when you must be away, like helping them make friends with someone you trust adn who can stay with the pet while you are away
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