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From:Melbourne Australia
Registered: Mar 2004

posted 03-17-2004 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for leelee     Edit/Delete Message
Hi there,
This is my first post...

I have just finished reading all the posts and am really grateful to y'all because I have been desperately trying to work out why my part Maine Coon 2 year old spade girl (Tigerlily) has started to viciously attack me - but not daddy! We have also given this kitty loads of affection since 12 weeks of age(she has never been mistreated)and I have experienced exactly some of the behaviours described here which is why I have been searching for help! It is really bizarre behaviour which I have never experienced before.I am not afraid of her but she makes it clear she would really like to hurt me I just managed to stop her before she leaps onto my face (whilst I am standing)

I am a really HUGE cat this has made me feel less affectionate toward her. I agree that I may be a jealous thing and she is challenging me to take my role. Also it is possible she has a medical problem and this is her way of telling me she is in pain as I am the main care giver and daddy is the main play buddy. I am wondering if it is furballs causing bowel pain or something like that? Also I am interested to find out more about getting another cat to keep her company (see above)- considering she is female should I be looking at another female or male?

I am wondering how DJ is going lately...has it got any better. I wonder what'DR HARRY' from HARRY"S PRACTICE might say!

Glad to know this forum exists!

Best wishes!

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From:Campton, NH USA
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posted 03-18-2004 06:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaryNH     Edit/Delete Message
I'd first take her for a complete checkup to make sure her health isn't the issue.

Also...there is a product called Feliway that a lot of cat people have found helpful for calming their cat(s). I do fostering and have recently been approved to foster for Siamese Rescue and lots of the fosters in that program have had good success using Feliway to help keep the new arrivals calm. Foster and Smith has it in their catalog and maybe someone here has used this.

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From:Vancouver, WA USA
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posted 03-18-2004 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for footsie     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Leelee.

Your cat may be trying to show you that she's the boss. Or she could just be playing and not aware of her own strenth.

You sound like a cat lover, so I'm sure Tigerlily is already spoiled with toys, but does she have any that she can wrestle and fight with? This will allow her to burn off that agressive energy without harming anyone.

I took the advice I found here and got my cat a stuffed animal that is about his size. Whenever he attacked me I would put the toy between us and taunt him with it. Now, he plays with it on his own, and also likes play tug-o-war with me for it.

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From:Melbourne Australia
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posted 03-18-2004 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for leelee     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you both heaps for responding with some great suggestions....I will follow them up asap!

Best wishes

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