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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-07-2006, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy aggression

I am starting to worry about my tigger becuase she is getting aggressive but only with one person and that is my fiancee's father. When hever he goes to pet her she hisses and tries to scratch and bite him. She has been like this since the day my fiancee brought me to his folks place so that way his father could bring us to the vet since my fiancee had to work. His father went to grab her to put her in the carrier which i had no problem getting her in to when we left here and she seemed fine with being in there, she went crazy and wouldn't even let us touch her to get her in the carrier to go to the vets or to leave to come home. but if we put the carrier with the door open towards the couch she would go in by her self. we had to bring her to the vet becuase she had an infection in one of her front paws. Her and i play a lil rough but she doesn't his or try to get nasty with me. but when his father goes to even pet her she gets rough right away. He is thinking that she is becoming distempered but if htat was the case wouldn't she be nasty and act that way iwth everyone not just him. once he leaves she calms down and is the biggest suck ever.

i know its not the carrier becuase she sleeps in it and has no problem being in it to be brought out side. I really wish i knew what was going on with her.
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I'm not an animal behaviorist, but I'll hazard a guess that seems logical enough to me. If I can interpret the sequence of events correctly, I'd say kitty had a lot of negative stuff happening in association with sight/sounds/smells of your fiancee's father (I'm just gonna call him FIL for short), and those associations are outweighing any potential positive associations. It's just a guess...animals certainly have their own reasons for who they do and don't like, just like people. To rebuild any potential relationship between kitty and your FIL you'll have to go very slowly. Have your FIL come over and visit often, and completely ignore your cat. She needs to get over the idea that his presence = grabbing/trip to vet/poking at paws, etc. As time goes on she can be rewarded for being in the same room with him, and he can give her treats or try to play with her with a string toy or something. I don't think he should be making any moves toward her at this point because she obviously feels very threatened.

Just my opinion, good luck.

Edited: I have to ask what you mean by "distempered"?

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all i know is FIL keeps asking if she is getting distempered i am just going on what he has been asking. the other thing is i was also trying to get a hold of her to go to the vets and then the vet had me help hold her paws so that he could look at it and she is being more of a suck with me then she has before that. she will be in the same room as him but will not let him touch her. she even plays with him which makes it really strange that she will not let him touch her. the other thing is as long as he is in the apartment she will not let anyone not even my fiancee or my self touch her with out her hissing. to me it seems like she is territorial and feels that we are taking over her territory when he is here. that is the only way i can really describe the way she acts. It makes me think back to when we first brought sox in to the home because she is acting the same way.

after thought: from what we can tell before we got her before she should have been taken from her mum i have a pic of her taken the day after we got her i will post once i dig it up since i reformated my comp and put the pic on another one and we have so many. the home she was in had 2 lil ones i think the oldest was no more then 3 and we think she may have been terrorized while she was there., but that was over a yaer ago and the behavour started a couple of months ago with her.
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Cats can be very, very picky, that's for sure. If she's feeling territorial and threatened when he's around, don't push it. They make a product called Feliway, you can actually order it in the form of a diffuser, which you simply plug into an outlet...just like those room air freshners. Here's a link. It's kinda pricey, but the stuff really does help. They also sell bottles of the stuff, which are somewhat cheaper that you could spray around your house. In summary, the feliway is a synthetic pheromone which calms kitty. It's used at the veterinary specialists I take my girls to before they do anything like ultrasound.

http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...xt=feliway&N=2

As for the "distempered" thing, I hope he's not suggesting she has feline distemper (panleukopenia). That's a really serious viral disease, and if she had it she'd need immediate veterinary attention! However, in the US at least, this is standardly vaccinated against, and what you're describing doesn't sound like distemper, see link.

http://www.avma.org/communications/b...a_brochure.asp

Do give the Feliway a try, as well as the ignoring her bit while he's over. Allow her to come to you, and based on your comments it sounds like she has the type of personality where that may take some time, so patience will be key!

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Personally i didn't think it was distemper becuase of how she is other wise and i am patienet it is the FIL that i am worried about cus he tends to want to play with her all the time. I will have to talk to the fiance about the feliway and see what he thinks about it. Tigger is kinda high strung and likes things her way or no way. I figured i would make sure i was right in my assumptions as to what was going on reather then just assuming. I will look in the the distemper as well just to make sur. Thank you for your help
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