My Cat from Hell

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  1. May 8, 2011 #1 of 37
    BeanMeScot

    BeanMeScot Sci-Fi Junkie

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    Yet another pet psychiatrist, Jackson Galaxy, muscian by night, cat behaviorist by day, comes on the scene. Having had cats most of my life, of course I tuned in!

    It was an hour show about 2 different cases. First up was Bear. A super aggressive feline. He would get really upset when there were strangers in the house. Jackson gets tagged pretty good by this one. Apparently, the solution was to give the cat some high places so he would feel comfortable and safe. They fixed it so he could walk around the living room without getting on the floor. By the end of the episode, he was showing his belly to the guests while on his perch (only comfortable cats will do this).

    The 2nd part featured Sully who scared easily and had several behaviors that irritated his "cat guardian's" live in boyfriend. The boyfriend wanted the cats out of the bedroom and this guy liked to rattle the door at 5 in the morning. Jackson wanted all rooms open to the cat but the boyfriend wanted a cat free zone. Jackson gave in and the solution was an automated air can that would spray air at the cat as it came near the door. The cat started staying away from the door. When Jackson first got there, the cat was hiding in an enclosed litterbox so they opened the box and moved it to the center of the room so it wouldn't be attractive as a hiding spot. They put a cat perch in the area instead which the cat liked.

    Jackson also wanted the boyfriend to be more invested in the cat (and the boyfriend liked dogs) so he showed them how to train the cat to walk on a leash. By the end of the episode, the boyfriend was making perches on the wall for the cats and actually called Sully "my cat" much to his own surprise.
     
  2. May 8, 2011 #2 of 37
    Mars Rocket

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    Sounds interesting. SP set.
     
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    Cearbhaill

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    Thanks, I'll look for it.
     
  4. May 8, 2011 #4 of 37
    sieglinde

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    I thought it would be about psychotic cats from hell. So it is more of a "cat whisperer" type show.
     
  5. May 8, 2011 #5 of 37
    Jstkiddn

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    Now I'd be interested in seeing how this works.

    We have a cat that showed up (skin and bones) at our house on the back of 80 acres.....so no telling what he went through before he arrived. Anyway, he's a GREAT cat!! Very friendly etc. His only issue is that he wants outside somewhere around 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning. He makes this known by RIPPING at the carpet with his claws. While it doesn't seem to do any damage to the carpet, it makes a HORRIBLE noise! Then when I get up, he gets all "see how cute I am" and rubs all over my legs, while trying to get me to follow him to the door. :rolleyes: Thought I'd be smart and just start closing the bedroom door. Sounds like a bear beating on the door! UGH!

    Going to have to watch this episode and see how this air can thing works. :D
     
  6. May 8, 2011 #6 of 37
    atrac

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    My cat is currently prancing around meowing like crazy as I type this, even though he has clean water, fresh food, and a changed litterbox.

    I *need* to watch this show. ;)

    Thanks OP for letting me know it exists!
     
  7. May 8, 2011 #7 of 37
    murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Well, if he has fresh food, clean water, and a clean litterbox, then obviously he wants Something Else.

    With my cat, the answer is obvious -- he wants us to get out a toy and play with him.
     
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    A towell would have been more effective than a knife.
     
  10. innocentfreak

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    As a cat person, I definitely enjoyed the show though most of it was common sense to me. I don't know that I could ever have a cat free room. I guess though I do in some ways when people stay with me since they will close their bedroom door to keep the cats out. My cats don't seem to mind though they do try to sneak in from time to time.
     
  11. john4200

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    Now you can't just leave it at that. How exactly do you defend yourself from a crazed, aggressive cat using only a towel? Keeping in mind that this cat was apparently so ferocious that a man with a knife was severely injured by the cat.

    I'm sure I could fight off even a 30 pound bruiser of a tabby cat with my bare hands, if I was not concerned about injuring the cat, and was willing to take a scratch or a bite. But if the cat was seriously crazed I doubt I could manage to get a towel around it without injuring it. Maybe if the towel was wet I could use it like a bull whip...
     
  12. Cearbhaill

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    That story was seriously fishy.

    While there are a few (very few) diseases or conditions that might manifest as severely aggressive behavior in a cat, I find it far more likely that the stabbing came before the aggression in this case.
     
  13. BeanMeScot

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    There is no telling what the guy had done to the cat in the past as well as in the current conflict. Regardless, the cat's attack weapons are claws and teeth. If you throw a towel over one and then grab it and roll the cat up in it, it's much tougher for the cat to hurt you. Obviously, if you don't get the towel over the important parts, you could still be hurt.

    This guy was trying to use a knife against the cat and it sounds like he stabbed himself. He probably fell over the cat and the knife wound up in him. I wouldn't think a knife would be a good weapon against a cat. A cat has 20 knives and a mouth full of pointy teeth against your one knife. A knife is only useful in close combat and you don't want to be close to a really angry cat. Even a domesticated one.
     
  14. Cearbhaill

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    Yeah, I forgot to address this.
    The quickest and most reliable method of catching a loose/stressed/fractious cat is to throw a towel or blanket over it. They immediately feel hidden and thus safe, and 99.99% of the time they just hunker down and remain motionless.
    Also, swaddling reduces stress by keeping the central nervous system stimulated in a calm fashion.
    That's why "thundercoats" work on thunderstorm phobic dogs.
    Sounds loony but it works.
     
  15. john4200

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    I think the problem is getting the towel onto the crazed cat, which can move superhumanly fast, while it is attacking you. I think we are imagining different situations. You are picturing a riled house cat running around, and I am thinking of a wild animal in serious attack mode coming at me faster than I can react. I'd be able to fight it off, but I'd have to wait until it came in close and bit or scratched me, then I'd grab it by the neck or leg or tail, whatever my lunge connected with, and that would be it for the cat.

    Of course, as has been pointed out, maybe the story given by the man was not true or complete, and the cat was not as ferocious as was implied.
     
  16. MNoelH

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    The problem in your scenario is that if you grab a cat by the neck (or leg or tail), their back legs (or whatever is spared in your original "catch") are going to come at you with such force and they are going to squirm with such ability that you are going to get more hurt regardless.
     
  17. Cearbhaill

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    There are ways to hold a fractious cat- one hand scruffing it and the second holding the waist prevents them from both biting and clawing you. But most laypeople can't seem to do things like this without letting go and once you have a grip the last thing you want to do is let go.

    I groomed cats for many years and have handled just about every angry cat wrangling situation imaginable. But as I said, it would be a very, very rare case that a domestic cat would come after you in a truly aggressive attack mode.
    If you let go of them they run away, not come back at you.

    I still think the cat in the above referenced story was being forcefully held and attacked when it fought back.
     
  18. john4200

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    I don't think you are following me. I am going to kill or severely injure the cat once I get my hands on it -- by breaking its neck or back or just crushing it under foot or body. It will take a second or two. I'll probably get scratched or bitten a couple times, but the cat is history. As I wrote, I am assuming the cat is totally crazed and feral I am not concerned about injuring it. I am assuming this because the guy was apparently using a knife to defend himself from the cat and was severely injured anyway. Of course, if that story is a lie, then disregard what I have just written -- I like cats and would not injure one unless it was ferociously attacking me.
     
  19. MNoelH

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    Gotcha!
     
  20. sieglinde

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    The towell method as pointed out by another poster is to subdue the cat. If I did not have the guts to kill an animal that size, I would bring it to the animal shelter. Some will euthenize it on the spot.
     

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