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Old 01-29-2017, 08:08 AM
Location: Amelia View
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adribach - I'm agreeing with everyone that a vet check is necessary when there's a sudden behavior change to rule in or out some sort of medical condition.

In the meantime, since it seems touching or the appearance that a touch is coming is what sets off your cat, your daughter may try this: not moving if he approaches her or just letting him sit on her lap if he jumps up. For whatever reason it sounds like he doesn't mind sharing the same space, but it's the "reach out" or forward motion toward him that he reacts to.

If it turns out not to be medical and is behavioral, there could be a variety of reasons of why he hisses and swats just your daughter. These reasons can be caused by something that occurred when your daughter just happened to be nearby and he associates her with the reason even though she did nothing!

If it is behavioral then the "treatment" is to help the cat associate good things with your daughter like treats or play. Initially I wouldn't recommend that she hand him a treat, but to place it on the floor near her and let him come get it. With play, use a feather/toy on a fishing pole so that the toy becomes an extension of her arm.
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Old 01-29-2017, 12:10 PM
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So he was with your bf's kids for about a year. Then you got him and have had him six years before he started hissing at kids a year ago.

I between there you say you kept him for a year before they (someone) moved out of state....

What I'm wondering is, did he stop being around kids after that first year.

And when did he start to see kids again?

Maybe he's just not used to them anymore?
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