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<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/11/cat.bites.ap/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/11/cat....ap/index.html</a><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/surprised.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":surprised">
 

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As much as I feel sorry for the woman, I feel sorry for the cat, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">"I think the owner said she was going to take it to the shelter because that's not the first time she's been attacked," Nevins said.</div>
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So instead of trying to find out the reason why the cat was so aggressive, the poor cat will end up in the shelter, and then euthanized, because who's going to want to adopt an aggressive cat?<br><br><br><br>
Poor cat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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My family used to have a cat that became increasingly aggressive. We think he seriously had a mental illness of some sort because he also acted strangely and seemed to see things that weren't there. It got so we had to shield ourselves to be in the same room with him. He also became ill with a mystery illness. He went to all the fancy specialists and they didn't know what was wrong and then one day he ran outside and we presume he went out there to die because he was getting sicker and sicker.<br><br><br><br>
He attacked and bit us very hard (enough to require medical treatment) but we still loved him and tried to take best care of him as we could. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Thalia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
My family used to have a cat that became increasingly aggressive. We think he seriously had a mental illness of some sort because he also acted strangely and seemed to see things that weren't there. It got so we had to shield ourselves to be in the same room with him. He also became ill with a mystery illness. He went to all the fancy specialists and they didn't know what was wrong.</div>
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This happened to my cat, then one vet finally said it was this brain diease. She also said the cat was very ill, and her head probably hurt all the time. She was getting very sick, and attacking everyone. She had to be in her own room so that she didnt attack any other animals. I have a lot of scars from her. She had to be put to sleep because she was so sick, not getting better, slowly dieing, and in pain all the time.
 

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I've read that brain tumors can cause cats to become unnaturally aggressive. Also, rarely, cats can contract a brain wasting disease similar to "mad cow disease".
 

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I don't like the idea of a house cat full stop. Cats are meant to explore and discover things - what cat wants to be stuck inside for its entire life?
 

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It's kind of sad that they are just going to dump the cat off at a shelter without trying to solve the problem. Really, some people shouldn't have animals in the first place.
 

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Kiz, I agree. When our cat went through it, we deffiently tried our best to help her, and never tried to pawn her off on someone else.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kiz</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
It's kind of sad that they are just going to dump the cat off at a shelter without trying to solve the problem. Really, some people shouldn't have animals in the first place.</div>
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We got our angry cat when he was about 9 months. He was a stray, but with a collar from the pound. They said he had been dropped off there twice before. So he had at least two human families before ours, was declawed at a very early age, and had at least one sign of abuse (white horizontal line across his one paw, like someone had cut him or put rubber bands on him.) So he was already a biter, then he got sick and really became angry. We're just glad we were able to take care of him for his short life. And he was so cute and charming, but when you went to cuddle, watch out!
 

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My cat Miel was nuts when I got her. She was only about 6 months old and including the shelter this was about her fourth home. She'd been abused too. (Definitely, there were witnesses, which is why she was at the shelter.) She was such a little nutcase when I got her! She was quite violent, too, bordering on dangerous but not quite. But she tried so hard to be good, in amongst her bizarre rage attacks, I couldn't help but love her. She's such a feisty little thing 7 years on, but you certainly wouldn't call her dangerous, she's actually quite a sweety. I hope this cat will luck out and get a good home.
 

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Hmmm, this is kind-of scarey.<br><br><br><br>
We have a half-grown cat who's getting increasingly aggressive with us and the other pets.<br><br>
He's lived with us since a kitten and always had a safe and nurturing environment. He just seems to "go off" at random times - attacking and biting whatever is in his way.<br><br><br><br>
This is much more than "typical kitten playfulness"...<sigh><br><br><br><br>
People tell me when we get him fixed, he'll calm down. People say when he grows up, he'll calm down. (At 6 months and 15+ pounds, I'm worried about how much more "growing up" he's gonna do!)<br><br>
People say if I declaw him, he'll calm down.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"><br><br>
People say if I let him outside he'll calm down.<br><br>
People say if I keep him indoors-only, he'll calm down.<br><br><br><br>
In the meantime, I'm a little worried, because my kids are totally afraid of him; he's bitten the other cats (very docile, unagressive kitties who HIDE from him) enough to draw blood and need stitches, he bit a chunk out of the dog's ear, and he's bitten and scratched the kids - and me hard enough to where I maybe <i>should</i> have gone in for a stitch or two... ugh!<br><br><br><br>
Not to mention furniture, carpets, stuffed animals (which are evidently the enemy!) and every roll of toilet paper we bring into the house.<br><br><br><br>
70% of the time he's this sweet, cuddly, normal, loveable cat. But, every now and then, he goes <i>absolutely</i> freakin' nuts...
 

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Please get him fixed asap. Six months is old enough to breed, and it's also old enough to start developing the terrible habit of "spraying" urine. Vets are now recommending early-age spay and neuter because the animals recover more quickly and there's less chance of "accidental" breeding.<br><br><br><br>
Also, outdoors is a dangerous place for a kitty. The number of cats hit on roads can attest to that. Even in rural areas, outdoor cats risk diseases, parasites, coyotes and other predators, and traps and poisons set for other species.
 

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Honestly i dont blame the woman for wanting to take the cat to a shelter. personally i wouldnt but it doesnt tell you anything else about the situation. she might have children (or age wise, live with grandchildren)/other pets/etc. getting an animal like a cat you dont expect to be hospitalised!
 

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Tofu, that sounds a lot like my boyfriends cat, Marvin. He was terror when he was a kitten, and we had to lock up all the paper products, I couldn't brush my hair without being attacked, he would randomly attack any part of your body he could get to, he was scary! He even jumped through a screen to attack a 60 lb dog that was being walked outside.<br><br><br><br>
It has gotten better as he's gotten older, he still isn't a cuddle bug and you have exactly one short "warning meow" when you're petting him and he decided he's done before your arm gets taken of, but he's not impossible to live with. My boyfriend is his favorite person, so Chance even gets two or three "warning meows" unless he's just in a really bad mood.<br><br><br><br>
He does have great personality though, he's more of a looking at kitty than a lap cat. We've just had to really respect his limits and not try to push him into being a cuddle kitty. Thankfully we have 3 other lap cats so Marvins lack of loveyness isn't so bad.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ETA: one thing that has helped is to be very strict with guests about how they act towards the cat. We're still in our 20's so so people will come over and think it's funny to harass our cat when he clearly doesn't want to play. They are asked nicely to stop once, rudely asked to stop one more time, and after that if they can't behave they leave and they don't come back. They don't do anything that horrible, just try to hold him when he is trying to get away, put toys in his face when he doesn't want to play with them, etc.<br><br><br><br>
I'm sure since you have kids there are people who come over and don't know how to behave around cats and we've discovered that Marvin just doesn't have the personality for it. Maybe that is the case with your little guy too?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>peace</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Please get him fixed asap. Six months is old enough to breed, and it's also old enough to start developing the terrible habit of "spraying" urine.</div>
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Believe me, I am very aware of this and wasn't asking if I should get him fixed. He does NOT go outside, has never been...<br><br>
If you'd like to send me the $45 I'll gladly get it taken care of now, otherwise I have every intention, but I'm waiting until I get my tax return.<br><br>
Not all of us have unlimited resources to do everything we'd like at the moment it 'should' be done...
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> You could cut down on the broadband you know. I'm sure 6 months is plenty of time to save up the desexing fee.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tofu-N-Sprouts</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Believe me, I am very aware of this and wasn't asking if I should get him fixed. He does NOT go outside, has never been...<br><br>
If you'd like to send me the $45 I'll gladly get it taken care of now, otherwise I have every intention, but I'm waiting until I get my tax return.<br><br>
Not all of us have unlimited resources to do everything we'd like at the moment it 'should' be done...</div>
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I would strongly encourage you to put the $45 on your credit card or borrow it or something. The cat is already showing signs of aggression, and there are some hormonal changes that are permanent at sexual maturity.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Spaying and neutering can also alleviate territorial and sexual aggressive tendencies, and tend to result in a calmer, gentler, more family oriented pet; especially when done before sexual maturity.</div>
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