Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, United States
Posted Nov 26, 2013
My room mate and I moved in together 8 months ago. He had 2 adult cats, a male and a female, and I had a female kitten. Both of his cats were very good-natured and extremely friendly in the beginning, but a few weeks after we moved in, we noticed Alainn (the female) displaying some anxiety behaviors - peeing where she shouldn't, hiding under the bed for hours and hours, attacking the other cats - but we figured she was just going through an adjustment period from moving.
Her behavior continued to escalate. She started attacking me at random - cornering me against a wall and howling, slashing my legs with her claws and biting anything she could sink her teeth into. It got to the point where the other cats would intervene, and I really began to worry, especially since we had a kitten in the house. I was afraid Alainn would hurt the youngest member of our fur-family if we didn't do something.
The vet recommended medication, but my room mate didn't want to go that route. We got treats and toys and tried to get to the bottom of Alainn's behavior, until the day she attacked me so severely I had to get stitches. After that we decided it was time to find Alainn a new home before she hurt our kitten.
We'd never pound a pet, and luckily a friend of ours was willing to take her in. I felt bad that we had to give her up, but I definitely don't think her behavior issues were common within her breed. She needed care we simply could not provide, but we did try. I have the scars to prove it.