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Old 10-10-2016, 07:52 AM
 
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I love my cat but am troubled by some recent behavior. Night before last he did a mad rush over my feet and scratched me painfully on the foot. And then last night I got up and he took a painful little swipe at my foot again.

I've had him for several years; got him from a friend of mine who found him scrounging for food in a dumpster behind a pizza place. She opened her car door and called "kitty, kitty," and he jumped right in the car! He normally is very sweet and lovely-dovey, very affectionate and gentle, tolerant of other cats I fostered, and very mature and gentlemanly.

He has scratches on his corneas, probably from being out in a dust storm which we have here. Periodically his eyes water and drip and I have to wrap him up in an Afghan and put drops in his eyes. I wonder if the problem is that he's going blind. I love him and I'll take care of him no matter what, so he will have a long, happy, comfortable and loved life.

But I also wonder about aggressiveness in male cats. He's a pretty big boy, and I don't want him attacking my face--and eyes!! -- when I'm asleep. It breaks my heart to think I can't trust him.

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Old 10-10-2016, 09:30 AM
 
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Since this is new behavior a trip to the vet is in order. It sounds like he is trying to tell you something. He may have pain some where.

How are his litter box habits? Pay close attention to his peeing and pooping to make sure all is normal there. If you see many little spots of pee in the box instead of normal sized pees, for example. Or excessively large pees. Poops that are hard and dry, or too soft and runny. Any avoidance of the litter box.

Him making frequent trips to the box, straining in the box?

Have there been any changes in your household recently? Think very hard, because something you may not notice could affect a cat. Change in schedule, routine, laundry detergent? One less or one more person around? Strange cat or other animal outside?

Do you play with him on a routine basis? Regular scheduled play time, two or three times a day? And has that slacked off because of some other change?
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:18 AM
 
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No litter box problems, no changes in household or outside. Hugs and kisses and pets all day long, as per usual.

Do male cats sometimes get more aggressive with age?
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Is he neutered?
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:27 AM
 
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Is he neutered?
Oh, yes. Was when I got him.
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I've found that (neutered) male cats have SO MUCH energy the first few years of their life, that they need to release it with play and stimulation. I remember our Tucker would bite me, and I now realize it was because he had all that pent-up energy.

Play, play, play--use a wand toy!

Also, is it possible he saw or smelled another animal in your yard? He may have misdirected aggression from that. Some Feliway may help relieve that tension.

FWIW, scratched corneas are VERY painful (our oldest has had chronic eye problems). If his eyes are watering like that you probably want to have them checked for scratches.
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:01 AM
 
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I've found that (neutered) male cats have SO MUCH energy the first few years of their life, that they need to release it with play and stimulation. I remember our Tucker would bite me, and I now realize it was because he had all that pent-up energy.

Play, play, play--use a wand toy!

Also, is it possible he saw or smelled another animal in your yard? He may have misdirected aggression from that. Some Feliway may help relieve that tension.

FWIW, scratched corneas are VERY painful (our oldest has had chronic eye problems). If his eyes are watering like that you probably want to have them checked for scratches.
He was probably neutered 4-5 years ago. Vet said he was three when I got him. We have "The Bird" and play with that endlessly.

The vet told me about the scratched corneas and gave me the drops.
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:49 AM
 
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No litter box problems, no changes in household or outside. Hugs and kisses and pets all day long, as per usual.

Do male cats sometimes get more aggressive with age?
No. Well, every cat is different, but this is not "aggression", this is communication. He is trying to tell you something.

I'm guessing he is either in pain, or perhaps his eye sight is failing and he is trying to orient himself to that. Or both. If he can't see your feet coming, but feels the vibration of them, he may be reaching out to try to figure out what's coming toward him. Just a guess of course.

I'd get him a check up, including blood work and urinalysis. And keep watching his litter box habits closely for signs trouble.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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No. Well, every cat is different, but this is not "aggression", this is communication. He is trying to tell you something.

I'm guessing he is either in pain, or perhaps his eye sight is failing and he is trying to orient himself to that. Or both. If he can't see your feet coming, but feels the vibration of them, he may be reaching out to try to figure out what's coming toward him. Just a guess of course.

I'd get him a check up, including blood work and urinalysis. And keep watching his litter box habits closely for signs trouble.
I agree. A change in behavior, in this kind of direction especially, is communication that something isn't right. I also would agree that it's not usual, not by nature, for males to become aggressive with age. A cat's general temperament is formed early, but can change because of experience and environment OR because something just isn't right (meaning - I agree a vet visit is necessary).
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Old 10-13-2016, 02:53 PM
 
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You guys were right; the vet found a cut on his foot, I think from jumping over a child gate and getting stuck in the top of the gate. I knew he had gotten stuck on the gate but didn't think to examine his back claws. One of the nails was nearly pulled off. I should have looked at it, and it must have hurt horribly. I don't think it hurts any more, at least not as bad.

He was rail thin and starving when I adopted him and now he's pretty big. He can't just fly over things like he used to. I just hope he doesn't have any internal injuries though the vet said he would be fine.

He's so sweet, he's so innocent with such a sweet face and so loving and trusting. If he's really hurt I just don't know what I'll do. I already threw the gate in the dumpster, needless to see.

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