Skip to comments.Cat vanity: I think mine is possessed by at least one demon
Posted on 04/29/2012 7:41:08 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck
I'm sitting in the den Friday night watching Samurai movies. My weird psycho cat Rocket jumps into my chair and gets all cuddly and lovey. I am patting him and he gets this look in his eyes and I know what is next. He bites the tar out of me.
Here’s how to exorcise a cat - done this many times.
When you sense animosity and it jumps on your lap, have an asparagus blue rubber band handy and loop it over its ears at the base so it can’t come off. Then sit back and do a few Hail Marys.
While you laugh yourself into a clean set of boxers.
Think I'm gonna need that last sentence back.
Cats don’t get possessed by demons. Demons get possessed by cats.
You need to watch the cat while petting him. Cats will give clues that they are becoming overagitated from the petting. When you start to recognize those clues, you will know when to stop petting.
Some cats, especially the younger ones, get quite excited at being petted and are almost untouchable. With a cat like that, you need to back off as soon as it starts to show excitement. I think I also growled at my cat, when I had one like that. He did learn to calm down if he wanted affection.
If you have a yard and a spade; you can solve this issue very quickly.
Flick him on the nose. When he gets that look or bares his teeth, flick him. It works.”
KC (Krazy Kat) loves to take her nap atop the papers on my desk or on the keyboard or sometimes she just sits in front of the monitor and stares at me. I know an attack is coming, I just don’t know when. Spray bottles don’t work nor does the flicking. Have also tried the “I’m in charge lecture” with no success. She wants to be very near me but doesn’t like to be petted. It is comforting to know that others out there also have an attack cat.
Swatting a naughty cat doesn’t teach them anything. It only teaches them to be even more p!ssed off at you! If he is being aggressive (with a side helping of “hey, let’s play!”), you can chastise him like a mother cat. Grab him (not too hard) by the scruff of his neck and hold him motionless for a count of three, and give him a firm (but not crazed) “No!” Then let him go, and ignore him. Don’t look him in the eye until he calms down. Don’t reengage with him until he seems like he really does want to be gentle. Repeat as necessary. The scruffing returns them temporarily to kittenhood, and shows him that you are his “mommy” and in charge. (Cats don’t have alpha cats . . . they relate to their humans as their mommy.)
Make very sure you don’t “scruff” him too hard, and don’t lift an adult cat by the scruff. Kittens can be lifted and carried around by the scruff safely, but an adult cat has nerves there that can be permanently damaged by being manhandled or being carried around, because of their greater weight. In short, you have to be careful when scruffing an adult cat, but it is a useful technique to immobilize an aggressive cat, and put a naughty one in his place.
We used to have a black half-Siamese, Ursus by name, who was crazed and aggressive when he was younger, but then mellowed to being merely a character (after some remedial scruffing!). He passed away two years ago, nearly twenty years old. I can’t tell you how much I miss that crazy old coot!!!! He was like having another human around. So much personality. So don’t give up on your “lovey demon” cat!
Filing away for future reference.
I found that ‘flicking’ them on the nose generally cures them in one episode but I’m all for less if it works (grabbing muzzles...hmmm).
lol poor flying baby... :)
Do you “rough house” with him?
Yard is all concrete. Thankfully.
Having owned more than my share of cats (for whom I have a grudging respect), all I can say is that if I had a cat like yours.....
...it would immediately become an ex-cat.
What about the area between the sidewalk and the street, any diggable soil there?
Or maybe a nearby park?
“The nips are love-bites.”
Tis truth. Tomorrow April 30th is our 34th wedding anniversary, and in those 34 years we’ve had well over 30 cats, and more than 30 dogs. Today we have 15 cats, and 4 dogs.
We love them all. Cats do have this tendency to either touch with their teeth, or hold with their teeth, or in some cases bite the hand of those they love. It is a sign of affection that can be quite irritating at times. I prefer the cats that simply hold my finger in the teeth a few seconds to those such as “Niver” that chomp down to the bone, making a colorful moment requiring some repair.
I sympathize with you Chuck as we’ve had a few “Rockets” in our past as well. Good luck.
Not too bad. I scratch his back pretty hard sometimes, but not like other cats I’ve lived with that would go paw to palm with me on occasion.
Hey, I like this guy. We found him under an old dishwasher when Susan and I moved into this house. I’m not sure if we adopted him or he us. Just have to keep an eye on him when he is in a mood.
I've woken up to that, more than once.
Yer about as mean as my damn cat!
I’ve had two cats that did that regularly. They want to sleep in your lap but don’t want to be disturbed.
When a cat doesn’t get enough of its mother and her milk when they are very young, they grow up a little bit crazy. My wife got hers from a pet store and it was taken too early. The cat is crazy and schizo. Period. Sometimes really loving and then literally the next second she is 3/4 of the way to pissed off and you just have to shoo her away.
I don't think Chuck is running for President.
Two words: cattle prod
Don’t give my wife any ideas. I’ll be on the hot end of one of those things.
While I am asleep, prolly.
You could also get a dog and try this:
Argh! Then what are russian catz like? And how fast can you have a picture of it up, my AI friend? ;)
May have been the case that his previous owners were rough and take certain social cues (and you’re unaware). Not your fault at all.
I find it strange that he wouldn’t take a bop on the nose. That’s usually a good indicator to them who’s boss and they take heed. Have you tried a spray bottle of water? It sounds to me that he may have been previously abused. We’ve had a couple of those at our home.
Well, that could explain some stuff about my Rocket. His momma left him under that old dishwasher on my porch.
You know, she might have been prescient or something.
That is so NOT funny.
Gary Larson is a genius; one of my favorites by him!
You should see the title of my new book; “Composting Cats For Fun and Profit”
I’m am forwarding your posts to my wife.
Prepare to die.
Good thing Heartland is a continent away from West Texas.
‘Cooper runs thru the house like a bat out of hell. Stops, stairs, runs back again.’
All cats do this once in a while. It’s called
It’s all good. I think that FReeper has a purty good sense of humor.
But when She Who Must Be Obeyed sees those posts ... POW!
To the moon.
What we did with Beaux is every time he bit, we popped him on the nose and put him down on the floor (if on our lap). It seems to have worked as he seldom, if ever, bites anymore. Our other cat, an older female, hisses at him if he gets too rowdy and bops him in the face. He IS learning acceptable behavior.
Your kitty just needs to learn boundaries. If he is being sweet and cuddly, and you are petting him, notice if his tail starts to twitch. If it does, it means he is getting irritated and you need to stop the petting and get your hands out of his reach. If he comes after them even when you stopped the petting, pop him lightly on the nose, say "NO" and put him down on the floor. It may take a few times for him to learn, but he has to learn what we like and don't like - it is NOT intuitive. Good luck!
One more thing...keep his claws clipped. Get him used to you doing this every month or so. It will help to limit injuries if he does catch you off guard. He's not being mean, just playing and learning right from wrong so hitting him, unlike how dogs may be trained, does NOT work on cats. It causes resentment and fear of you, neither of which makes a happy cat nor loving relationship.
I took Sky to the local vet who knew me, and had boarded my catz for a brief TDY.
They gave him his shots and did all the magic and called me to pick him up.
When I got there, they comped the whole thing, and threw in 3 lbs of kitten food.
And wished me luck.
Good advice, very reasonable.
When we trim Rocket’s claws he whimpers like we are cutting his toes off. Missy, the gray tabby ... well you need them leather gauntlets for her. I’ve bled many times trying to cut her toes off.
The canned air spray that people use to clean computer keyboards works VERY well to get a cat off wherever you don’t want them to be. It also is good because you aren’t spraying water or anything else on valuable things. A few sprays in their direction is all it takes. Eventually, just the sight of you reaching for the can is all it takes.
cats are solitary predators, and as such they do not have many behavioral similarities to humans. Cats relate to humans as a kitten to the mother cat. The kitten stage is the only time a cat is cared for at all.
I found that understanding a cat was easier if I treated the cat in its own “language”.
Picked up the offending cat by the scruff of its neck, because that is how the female carries the kitten. Cats have a built in limp/submissive mode triggered by that hold.
If the cat knows you will either injure or kill it if it offends you - then kitty is a nice kitty.
With cats, if it learns you are the Mother Cat of the Universe, it will not risk your ire.
Regardless of what a Cat Lady tells you, love, (in human terms) is not part of the feline world - dominance is.
Explain then my adult catz grooming each other.
love, (in human terms) is not part of the feline world - dominance is.
That seems to be spot on with my 45+ years of coping with catz.
Let me also add, you cut off the tip of the nail of the claw above the end of the black line ONLY - not cutting into that line which is a tiny vein. I just wanted to make sure you didn't think I was saying to lop off the whole nail above the line where it starts. I hope I was clear enough.
Or, If that does not work, get some welding gloves and play rough,let him bite and scratch the gloves, put him on his back show him your dominate power. Show him who's boss. Don't harm him just show him your strength. He needs to see the results of his attacks as a losing prospect.
He's just playing, but your being wimpy. You're a big rat he wants to kick your butt, and chomp on your head, when he's and when done, eat your brains. He's dominating you.
Just getting exercise. Maybe it needs a playmate.
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