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Old 11-17-2013, 02:29 PM
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My forever cat is an angel--with me and everybody. But in fostering cats I've found that while all kittens look adorable, some are just mean as the devil. I had a couple that were too unpredictable to keep, and rather dangerous to have around, and two who were lovely with me but turned into snarling furies with the housekeeper.

What causes this bad behavior? Is it like people, a combination of poor socialization and/or bad genes?
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:32 PM
Location: Ft. Myers
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I know what you are saying, I watch that show "My cat from hell" and I wonder what went wrong with those cats. We have had a bunch of them over the years and none of them have had a mean bone in their bodies. In fact, they have been lap cats for the most part and totally non aggressive.

But some cats are just born a little on the mean side, the cat I feed at the shop is a little like that. I kept her in the office for about 6 months to have her litter and to heal after I had her spayed, and she never really warmed up to me, even though I fed her every day and spent time playing with her daily.

I guess they are like people, some are nice and some are not so nice.

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Old 11-18-2013, 10:25 AM
Location: FL
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My friend had a cat that was a horror to everyone except her and hubby, even dogs - she was declawed and ran out of the apartment one day to attack a passing dog. I was surprised to say the least. Years passed and my friend took Kitty - her name - to a new vet. Surprise! Kitty had a seizure disorder and dilantin, the human antiseizure med, helped. Kitty never became friendly but after she began the med she no longer attacked everyone. She never had an observed seizure, but she would attack people. In one apartment she had to be locked in the bedroom when guests visited because no one could use the bathroom as she liked to sleep in the sink and you couldn't wash your hands and some people couldn't enter at all or she'd attack.

I've had other cats who took a long time to warm up, one was a stray who disliked men, he'd bite hard enough to draw blood sometimes and scratch. But I could do anything, include bathe him which I had to do once. Eventually he learned my brother wouldn't harm him and we finally learned his story, he'd been found as an adult on a busy road and relocated as an outdoor cat by a man who fed the local strays. My brother says he's suspicious that the man isn't very gentle with the cats and thinks he may have hurt that cat. After a couple of years of kindness from my brother the cat finally stopped biting and scratching him but remained aggressive toward other men, but never toward women.

The only cat I've ever had, and I've had many, who was aggressive without apparent reason was aggressive toward children. I had him from the time he left his mother and he never saw a child until he was about 2 and he took an instant dislike to the toddler. My mother said it was probably because the baby moved too quickly. The cat was a bit feisty, he let you know quickly when he had enough and if you didn't respect it he'd swat or bite. He was reactive, not aggressive, I think people confuse the two frequently. I also think some cats are more aggressive like Kitty probably for similar reasons, but aggressive kitties are like dogs who show aggression, they've been taught not to trust.
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