Monday, March 28, 2011

Coon Cat Gone Wild

You be the judge. Is this a case of Coon Cat gone wild?

Taz (pictured) is a healthy, loving 9-year old cat. When my friend Leslie adopted the Maine Coon Cat, she noticed that he was active and fun-loving. She calls him a goofball. He purrs loud and follows the family on walks.

But Taz has a habit that is not too endearing.

One day Leslie's son startled the cat, and it scratched him hard across the chest.

Recently, the cat has "attacked" Leslie in bed. When she's sound asleep. The first time he sunk his teeth into her eyebrow. The second time he bit her arm, but didn't break the skin.



What could be causing this bizarre (and dangerous) behavior? Taz has been checked at the vet's and is up to date with rabies and distemper shots, etc. Taz has been on Feliway at times, which does help calm him down a bit.



















Also, what can Leslie do? Shut him out of the bedroom and he throws a fit, she says, very loudly. Her friends say that she shouldn't keep him, but she loves this beautiful guy.
Any ideas? Thanks smart pet people!

64 comments:

jet said...

Actually I've had a few cats that have scratched and bitten unprovoked. It's not that dangerous unless you're a teeny newborn baby. I think the cat probably should learn to sleep in a different room, but there is no way she should get rid of him!

Linda O'Connell said...

My cat did that at the end of his life. I think he went senile.

Hound Girl said...

ahhhhh that is exactly why we dont have any :) they are crazy!!! hehehe JK good luck to your friend.

jen said...

I wonder if he is trying to tell his owner something, like he doesn't feel well.
I have heard that cats are smart like that:)

Pup Fan said...

Aw... that's a tough one. When I was a kid, my cat would come to my bed every night to be petted. When she was tired, she'd scratch me and run away. She eventually outgrew it, but we could never figure out what was behind the behavior.

Priscilla said...

Oh dear, I wish I could help but I can't.
I have never had any cats in my life and I don't know / understand them well.
May be it's as what Jen said, the cat is trying to give the owner some messages.

Kate Fenner said...

It could just be an unfortunate case of bad luck. Perhaps the cat is trying to play, chasing around a bug or a speck of dust, and her owner is simply "in the wrong place". Hard to tell though.
Our cat nibbles a little (can even hurt a bit, but you can tell she's not trying to hurt you) when she's being playful, but she seems to understand when we're sleeping and not available for playtime!

Brian said...

Jen is rigth, something ails that poor one or something is now not right in the house. That is not normal, especially for a Maine Coon.

Benny and Lily said...

Oh my goodness, nutty. Hope you find a solution
Benny & Lily

Jan said...

I'm sure she has considered an exorcism. Just saying...

mayziegal said...

Can you pretty please tell Taz's mom that she might want to talk to her V.E.T. abouts prozac? Uh, for the kitteh, not for her. Heehee! I know that some peoples are worried abouts putting pets on medicines but it might be just the thing to help Taz stay in his home (and alive). My mom had to puts Cap'n Ripley on it cuz he was super mean and aggressive to Brudder Ranger and it helped a LOT. Just be sure to let her know that it takes a little while to kick in and that she should work with her V.E.T. to make sure they gets the dose just right.

If Taz's mom wants to talk to my mom about our experience, she can sends her an email to mayziegal AT gmail.com.

Wiggles & Wags,
mayzie

Moxie said...

My cat has always scratched/attacked me whenever she feels like it. I know most cats are not like this but she just goes a little crazy at times. The rest of the time she is a wonderful pet but her attacks have never stopped (she is now close to 12 years old). Our family just always figured that she is a cat and that's that, we have never stopped loving her! in fact she is queen of the house. I think with cats sometimes it is a lottery with regards to their personality, i quite like my cats personality and her crazy ways. I suggest if your friend wants to keep her cat (Which i really hope she does!) she tries to see the warning signs of when a scratch may come, cats are expressive of when they are irritated or thinking about something naughty, so try to see if there are any warning signs that her and her son may watch out for. The other option is if she wants a pet that her son can interact with adopt another kitty (but don't get rid of Taz!) that has been in a foster home and whose personality you know is better suited for children :)

Kristine said...

I used to be terrified of cats after my grandmother's barn cats did almost this exact thing. It took me a long time to get over it.

There should be more books on cat behaviour than there are. I find it really frustrating that so few people find them worthy of study.

Lots of luck to your friend!

Life Student said...

My sister-in-law's cat did this the other day. I love cats, but I would find that kind of behaviour upsetting.

I think there are books and blogs out there that can explain it-- maybe ask one of the vet bloggers, or just Google "crazy cat behaviour." :)

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Baby Patches said...

Peggy, momma says it doesn't sound like normal behavior. My brofur Lucky bites at her and daddy but he has done that all his life and most of the time its just a love nip. It sounds like he is on edge and certain things are startling him. She says she would put the feliway in the bedroom and any other place he hangs out often in. You didn't mention how long she has had him or how long it has been going on either so it could just be something he does. Another great thing to do is to let him release energy by interactively playing with him everyday and possibly give him treat hunts to go on, you can use toys to hide the treats in or hide them around the house. He might just be looking for an outlet. Hope this helps. Purrrrrrrrs

Maggie Mae said...

OoH Miss Peggy,

I sure don't know how to helps you wif dis one. Paws is crossed dat your furiends finds out what is botherin' Taz.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Anonymous said...

My cat would cause disturbances (never biting me but he did drop a lamp on my head) if he was hungry and I wasn't following his schedule. Cats like the toys and scratchies they have, changing room setups, bedding or throwing out stuff can add to the disturbances. Cats also like companions especialy indoor cats. Maybe he needs a companion...

Anonymous said...

Well my older cat started doing this and unfortunately, it was at the end of his life. Because our girls were being scratched and bitten, we ended up finding him a foster home. He died peacefully in the arms of a woman we trusted to care for him. On a brighter note, we have a cat today, Elvis, who did this in his prime. Turned out he just needed another cat to rough house with and after we got him a pal, he never played rough or bit again..he is the sweetest tempered cat ever! I hope you have a guy who just needs a cat pal!

Leslie said...

I can relate here! My young cat, Diego, who was apparently rescued from a crack house, where they would throw him out in whim and bring him back in whenever they pleased. Diego is a biter and I have scars to prove it. He will bite me hard in the middle of the night (snake bites, which heard like you wouldn't believe) and he draws blood very often. It seems like this behavior comes in phases. There are times when, for weeks and weeks, he'll be a good boy. He is the love of my life (I know, I know)and lives in my heart despite his unpredictable behavior. I think the suggestion about prozac is a very good one - worth a try!

Mr. Pip said...

Has he ever suffered any head trauma? There is a cat at the shelter where I volunteer who was hit by a car and has the same behavior. He has been adopted 3 or 4 times and returned for attacking.

My cat Sweet Pea used to attack when he was a kitten. I would keep a toy in my pocket at all times and when he got the look in his eye, I would throw the toy and distract him. He soon learned to bring the toy back to me and play fetch. This game helped him calm down.

Another thought is to try anti-anxiety medication.

Kristin (Pip's Mom)

offtheleashsd said...

Assuming it's not feline Alzheimer's or some other medical problem, I'm going with displaced aggression. Is it possible that the cat smells, sees or senses another cat in his territory and bites whatever he can get at? If he isn't altered, it could also explain aggression. Especially if there is a female in the area that is in heat. I've read they can smell that from miles away. Flower essences, like vine and tiger lily help calm aggressive cats. There is also Bach's Rescue Remedy.

georgia little pea said...

i have no idea but it sounds dangerous, or at least, painful :(

Peggy Frezon said...

Thank you everyone for all these helpful suggestions. I let my friend know, and she said she is going to discuss all your ideas with her vet. I am happy to know that she is working closely with the vet on this. And you will all be happy to know that she is committed to helping and keeping Taz. Thanks again for coming through!

LINDA FAULKNER said...

My daughter's cat tends to bite and scratch like this at times. She says his body language, especially his ears, give warning of the attacks. (Of course, if you're sleeping, you might miss these signs.)

He's young, so he's probably not senile, and she's considering getting another cat or a dog for him to play with because she's hoping he has an excess of energy and it's not a medical issue. (Vet hasn't found anything wrong with him.)

I've had a number of cats over the years and have never experienced this behavior at home, although I am nervous when, during a visit to my daughter's house, the grandkitty's ears go back!

catsmeow said...

My six year old Maine coon Allofur also attacks, seemingly for no reason. I adopted him from the animal shelter in Council Bluffs, Iowa, after my 12 year old Maine coon Beauregard went over the Rainbow Bridge in July 2007. I've come to the conclusion that he's trying to tell me something, since it usually happens when there's been a change in schedule or he's feeling "puky." He'll do it if he wants out and I don't let him out. He did it a lot the last year of my 17 year old calico Mewsetta's life. Now that she's gone (June 17, 2010), attacks have diminished considerably. I think it's only happened once, and I've learned from his body language when one is coming. It might be helpful to keep a daily journal of events, so you can pinpoint what provokes his behavior.

kalli said...

Possible brain tumor?

FiveSibesMom said...

We are with Brian, there possibly is something in the house that the cat doesn't like and is trying to alert the owner...maybe a scent of another animal, or (and maybe I'm watching too many paranormal shows, but...)some type of energy the cat doesn't like? Who lived there before - did they have animals? Could the cat sense something? Maybe a "neutralizer" to rid of previous scents...or...maybe a pheromone spray or plug-in to help calm kitty? We have had good luck with that with our Sibe pups. Good luck! And I hope they find an answer, and would love to hear a follow-up!

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