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Isis
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Registered: Apr 2003

posted 05-30-2003 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
I have three cats, a kitten (little unneutered boy) and two two year old(neutered) sisters.
Recently one of the sisters, who is usually very calm and placid. Has taken a real dislike to my partner. She bites and scratches him and won't sleep on the bed when he is in it with me. This has only happened in the last few days. Its like she has gone schizophrenic. She is fine and loving with me and wouldn't even put a claw out in play but she won't have anything to do with my partner, down to today she won't even sit in the same room. She also bit him on the arm when he was feeding them all, causing a rather nasty wound. Any ideas on what is causing this and what I can do to stop it?

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Greypaw
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Registered: May 2003

posted 06-03-2003 12:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Isis

I think first of all you need to rule out illness or injury. A change in behaviour can be a sign of something not right. She may be closer to you and therefore happier to make a special effort at being nice with you, while its too much work with your partner. Or you may be more gentle with her, while your partner is unknowingly hurting a hidden injury.

If she checks out ok with a health check then it could be a reaction to something recent. Did your partner so anything to scare her or hurt her accidently? Cats can be unforgiving. If you can figure out what may have caused this then you can find the means to fix whats going on. Some detective work may be requied. She may even be unhappy about something else entirely but be taking it out on your partner. Has anything changed recently (furnature moved? new cat prowling outside? anything!).

Or if you think the behaviour is a sudden emotional blackmail type thing then you will need to retrain her to accept your partner. This might be needed anyway. You will need to withdraw yourself from her. This will be very hard but you most not give up. If you want her to once agin be happy with your partner you will have to be very strict with yourself! You will have to let your partner to do all of the looking after her that you otherwise do. He must feed her, groom her, pat her, play with her. You can't even make eye contact with her or talk to her. She must learn that the only person she can use for her needs is him. This might take a week, maybe even a month. It depends how stubborn she is. But if you want it to work, you can't give up.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.
Greypaw

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Isis
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posted 06-03-2003 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
My partner has broken his foot and is unable to play with her or feed her. Do you think this could be the cause? Perhaps she is shunning him because she thinks he doesn't love her anymore?

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Greypaw
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From:New Zealand
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posted 06-04-2003 12:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message
It could be. You must admit he would look different/scarey with a cast on.

Try indroducing her to him as if they were strangers. Lots of TLC and quiet patting etc, make sure she dosn't feel threatened.

Good luck
Greypaw

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