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Posessed Cat
Ever since Seth brought Pipsqueak back from the vet yesterday, Charlie has been hissing and growling and attacking. I'm not appreciating this behaviour. He's been hissing at Pipsqueak for days, but not like this!

First of all, anyone who says cats aren't aware of their surroundings is fooling themselves. The *second* Pipsqueak saw the cat carrier, she bolted. Fortunately, she had no traction on the hardwood floor, so I was able to catch her. But getting her into the cat carrier was still no treat.

So when she came home, we let her out, gave her some treats and watched her scurry upstairs to hide from the big, mean, human-monsters. And scurry she did. She went and hid under the bed. Eventually, Seth and I wandered upstairs to put the drycleaning together to take in (we haven't been in weeks! Ack!). Charlie was laying on top of the pile (the drycleaning pile is basically just a big lump on the floor of the closet). As soon as he saw us, he let out a scary growl and started hissing. Every time we took a piece of clothing out of the pile, we risked attack from him and he wasn't holding back. Eventually, we got all the cleaning out and it was fine, but I've never seen him like this.

Later he was fine, but he suddenly turned back into a hissing monster, and he won't go NEAR Pipsqueak. If he accidentally saunters past her, much hissing ensues. If he were foaming at the mouth, I'd be really worried. But I wouldn't be surprised, because the rest of his behaviour is so wacky. Sigh. I wish I knew what was going on in that little brain of his.

Stupid cat.

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chite From: chite Date: January 30th, 2004 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
If Pipsqueak was at the vet, she probably smells like other cats. Give it a couple of days and things should normalize.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 30th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)

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I sort of figured that was it. But geez... I've NEVER seen him react this way. He clearly is worried that we're going to take him too, because he won't let Seth get near him! ;-)
From: gittygiggles Date: January 30th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
he's possessed! call an exercist!
cellio From: cellio Date: January 30th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Cats smell different when they've been to the vet. The others were avoiding Baldur when I brought him home Tuesday too (though no actual hissing and growling here).

Dani and I have recently evolved the following cat-packing technique: I stash the carrier(s) out of sight (back porch this most recent time), and then I lure the cats into a confined space. (They like to follow me into the bathroom. I had the foresight to not discourage this years ago.) Once I've got the cat in a closed powder room with me, there are only so many places to run. I call out to Dani to fetch a carrier, catch the cat, and have him walk into the room and close the door behind him. At this point the cat knows it's lost. :-)

It's a lot harder to get a cat into a carrier without an assistant. Fortunately, I now have an assistant.
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leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: January 30th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)

You are either a cat person...or you aren't.

Cats scare me, no really, they do. One shabbos we were visiting a good friend in Teaneck NJ and I stayed behind while the "boys" went to shul to daven. A 90lb silver Tabby named Silver cornered me in a room, all her hair on end, in the "If you move one inch I am going to scratch your eyeballs out" position. I guess I just don't understand cats or find they cute beyond the kitten phase. I am a dog freak. Woof.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 31st, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You are either a cat person...or you aren't.

I like dogs just fine. So long as they are someone else's dog. :) I feel sorta the same way about cats. Though I adore Seth's cats, I wouldn't have had a pet if it had been up to me. I want fish.
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