mean cat

@cmelton (160)
United States
April 18, 2008 12:10pm CST
I have a cat that was very loving and friendly. She had two kittens and we decided to keep both. Once they grew into adults she turned into a different cat. She is mean to the other cats as well as us. Everytime we walk by she slaps and growls at us. Any advice?
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4 responses
• United States
20 Apr 08
She absolutely needs to be spayed, it will improve her dispostion, it certainly cannot make it worse. I am not positive about this but I think she has no sense of motherhood for her babies after a time. I may be wrong. I do know that once cats are reunited with their mother, they feel no connection. The other thing is that she will get a full checkup when you take her for her spay. That will eliminate any physical problems that may be affecting her dispostion. Some cats do not take to having other cats in the house. But their own kittens do not make a difference during the birthing process and weaning etc. She sure is showing you that she is not happy by growling at you and smacking at you. They often do that after an altercation with another cat. They lash out at anything or anybody/any cat. I am gathering that you let your cat outdoors. Is this soething that you really want to continue? It is much healthier for cats to live inside. It protects them from preditors both animal and human. It also keeps them away from the danger of traffic and other things that could injur them or cause them health problem. How old was your cat when she gave birth? Was she just a kitten herself? If that was the case, it is possible that her personality was not formed for you to really know what she was like before she became pregnant. I have found that some kittens change their personalities. That is why I ususally go for a cat that is about 2 years old when I get a new cat to add to the family. Good luck
@cmelton (160)
• United States
20 Apr 08
She actually is an indoor cat, all my cats are.I am too afraid to let them out, I am always worried something will happen to them. She did get out 1 time (thats when she got pregnant. She was a little over a year when she gave birth. I am going to get her spayed. Like you said it can't make it worse.
@Amber4106 (541)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I had a friend that had a cat that was exactly like this. After she had the kittens, she was a totally different pet. Mary didn't keep the kittens and the momma cat never did change. I know that some dogs will do this also. It just has something to do with their hormones. I'm not sure if spaying her will help at all, it may only make her more temperamental and aggressive. If the other two don't fight, maybe you should just try and separate her from them. She may be jealous of the other two and doesn't know how to adjust to no longer being the only "baby". Did she wean the kittens early as a mother? If so, it's definitely more of a territorial thing than hormonal. I would imagine she wouldn't have even claimed the kittens if it was a hormonal thing. I've seen many animals not claim their newborns and we've had to bottle feed them. She may just be the kind of cat that is a one man show, so to speak. I'm not sure if that helps at all.
@cmelton (160)
• United States
19 Apr 08
She actually was a very good mother. i started noticing a change when the kittens were about 6 weeks old. I think you are right, sheis a one man show. I'm just going to have to give her some special attention.
• United States
18 Apr 08
Maybe she has cat post partum. I'm not sure whats going on, but maybe you should try to keep them away from each other a while. Maybe she's jealous of the attention they have been getting, or maybe she's pregnant again? Maybe you could try to butter her up with a special treat or something to show her you still love her too. If she was the only cat til the kitties were born, maybe it's rivalry or old age. Did you get her fixed after? That may have something to do with it.
@cmelton (160)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I think jealousy may be a part of it. For a long time she was the only baby and now she has to share. She is not fixed but I am planning to do that so may be that will calm her down some. Thanks
@98765m (1021)
• India
19 Apr 08
Yea,thats what some cats and dogs turn out to. The mother cat will show love and affection to the cats[kittens] until the next kittens are born. After that it would turn a bit rude to the former kittens. I think its because,it's afraid that they may do something to the kittens. After some more time,I think it would establish a cordial relationship,if not close relationship,with the former kittens. Cheers ! Good day to you