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psychotic cat

July 7th, 2006 at 02:54 pm

I'm cat-sitting for a friend of mine who is out of town for a couple of weeks. I've known her cats since they were kittens...in fact, I lived with them for two years. So no problem, right?

Wrong. Last night I picked up one of them and within four seconds, she swiveled around and slashed a nasty cut in my eyelid. No hissing, no growling, no squirming to get away - no warning. Just slashing. Totally psychotic.

I skipped work today and went to the doctor because the cut hadn't stopped bleeding. He said he couldn't put stitches in at this point, so he taped it back together as best he could and now I cross my fingers, hoping that it doesn't get infected (Neosporin at the ready).

What baffles me most is that the cat has never been anything but loved - never abused, always been indoors, lived a pampered existence. I'd expect that kind of behavior from a wild outdoor cat, not a spoiled indoor cat. It surely makes me appreciate my sweet little beasts! My previously-outdoor cat has far better manners.

Not looking forward to sharing this with my friend when she gets back. The only saving grace is that her other cat is quite sweet and was very happy to see me.

Tomorrow I'm going to SO's nieces' birthday party, looking like Igor with my puffy, bruised, taped eye. SO has taken to calling me a prize fighter. I should thoroughly frighten all the 6 year olds.

So, $15 more dollars down the drain for today's doctor's appt. I'm so thankful that the cat didn't scratch my eyeball, or I'd probably be blind.

Signing off for now - stay clear of vicious house-pets,


9 Responses to “psychotic cat”

  1. ima saver Says:

    Bless your heart, hope you feel better soon!

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Ouch. Yes, it is good that your eyeball wasnt injured. I wonder what got into the cat? I am also hoping it doesnt infect...but it sounds like youre taking good care it already!

  3. She Says:

    I love cats ...so am playing the devil's advocate..Did you hold it too tight?or maybe it's getting old and cranky and you woke it up or something...Find it in your heart to forgive the poor thing and I hope you get all better soon Smile

  4. kashi Says:

    I love cats too. Trust me, I did nothing to provoke this cat but pick her up. No, I didn't hold her too tight, in fact I probably held her too loosely because she had the opportunity to swivel and slash. She has some serious social interaction issues, I daresay, and they've gotten worse over the past 6 years.

    I prefer my munchkins, even if they do wake me up every morning at 4:30!

    Thanks for the well-wishes!

  5. carol Says:

    Ouch! May I add my condolences too? I'm so sorry that happened, hope kitty does not do that again. You may want to just pet that particular cat instead of picking kitty up.

  6. baselle Says:

    Get better soon (corneas heal rapidly).

    Its funny how a cat's personality changes as it ages. Mine used to be a very social kitten and would plunk itself down in front of people to be admired. Now at 19 he wants to be alone and will run away from the same people.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Ow. My MIL's cat is like that sometimes, except she's young, maybe 3. Not done it to me, so far. Maybe she was taking out her displeasure over the fact that her person had dared to go away and leave her, on you.

  8. kashi Says:

    Definitely a weird cat...I went back to feed them today and she rubbed on my leg (until she got fed, of course). I didn't touch her. I also made sure to tell her that I did not take her humans away and they will be back soon! Stick Out Tongue

  9. Deborah Storck Says:

    My cat turned psycho 2 days ago. I have just returned from 6 weeks overseas and a friend who lives with us has been looking after her. As I am soon to relocate overseas most of my things have been moved. Puss seemed ok with this. Our housemate left for a holiday the day I arrived back. Al the furniture including stuff in the laundry room (puss's comfort zone) has been changed around. I know cats don't like change. Friday night the cover of the kitchen exhaust fell off with a loud bang and puss went nuts at me. Hissing, howling and attacking. I hid in the laundry as she has never done this before. Bleeding, I made it to the computor room with her in pursuit. She waited at the door and hissed everytime I opoened it. She finally ran when I turned on the vacuum cleaner so I locked her in the bedroom. Let her out 2 hours later and she was ok until I moved a plastic bag. More hissing and ths time worse as she was screaming and lunging at me.I managed to get her in the bedroom again and slept in the other room. The folowing morning the same thing happened as I was making the bed (I had let her out). I have never seen this happen with her before and am seeing the vet tomorrow for a solution. The bottom line is cats hate change and my apartment no longer resembles the one I left. This has stressed her. Plus the 15 photos now on the walls, hung with nails, all that banging would have upset her. It was a loud bang that started all this.

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