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So, My cat hurts me. We got her as a 2 month old kitten (she's 6 months now), the first week she was lovely, calm, exploring. The next week, probably because she became familiar with my boyfriend and me, and our apartment, she began attacking me (not him as much). Mainly biting ankles, feet, hands, arms. We got her lots of toy mice, and stuffed toys, a scratching post. She goes at them viciously, at least, but she directs that at me too. When she started attacking me, I decided to get one of her toys, and just play with her until she got too tired or bored. This would be during the night too, since she hurt us both while we slept. Twice she went for my neck while I was asleep. Anyway, this has helped somewhat, playing with her when she gets like that, but she still doesn't stop biting at my legs and ankles when I just walk by her. She is also very sweet at times, before she eats each time (free feeds), she seeks love and attention from me, she kisses me in the mornings and lies next to me before she gets food. Once in a blue moon, she'll have a really good day where she doesn't hurt me at all, she's loving all day, or just lies somewhere in another room and I hardly see her most of the day. On the days that she's 'good' I treat her tremendously, I'm also training her to come to me when I call her with these treats. I do treat her every day (picking a time when she's been calm for an hour or 2). Why I'm posting this, is that, recently the attacks have become slightly more aggressive when she does decide to. In that, she's started attacking me from behind when I'm sitting on the bed, going for the back of my head (which she digs her nails into and bites) - and yes, it hurts like hell. So, I want to know if anyone has advice on redirecting this behaviour elsewhere, how to do that and if I can 'calm' her down in any way and also how to do that? I realise she is a cat, that this is instinctual behaviour for her, learning how to hunt and whatnot, so I have no intention of 'removing' it. I've just had many cats from young and my boyfriend has too, and we've never seen such behaviour before. I know she likes me to some degree, she always picks me to sleep near, and I'm the one to feed her, clean her litter box, play with her. The only reason for the aggression that I can think of, other than learning to hunt, is that there are days that I'm at school, or work (Mo-Th), and she's upset that I've been away (but my boyfriend is at home when I'm not). We never leave her alone for more that 3 or 4 hours, and usually it's only an hour or 2 when we go grocery shopping or whatnot. I'm at home the entire weekend, and she's nicer to me on these days. I would still like to know if I can redirect her frustrations though. She's also an 'only' cat, so I guess a friend would help, but we can't afford 2. My boyfriend suggested that she sees me as a playmate, and him as "just some roommate she has to live with."
I just got back from the doctor and he confirmed what I was scared of - Scabies. :/ I just moved back home from college... and my mom and brother are starting to show symptoms. The doctor wasn't very informative on what I needed to do. Just gave me some prescriptions and sent me on my way. So I was hoping that someone out there with knowledge of scabies could give me a little advice and answer some questions. After starting the prescription (cream and oral pills) about how long will it take for it to go away? I just washed ALL my clothes in hot water because I was fearful it was scabies. Do I need to rewash the clothing items that I wont wear while I am infected? What about the couch and carpet? Is there a way to treat the couch for infestation or should I even worry about the couch? We have hardwood floors but we also have a big rug in the living room. Should that rug be cleaned? I have 2 cats and my brother has a hedgehog... do we need to be concerned about the animals? My mom and brother are going to the doctor tomorrow to get the same prescription I got. Should we all wait to start the oral medication and cream and the same day? I am so scared that this is going to take months to get rid of. Even though I read that it takes about 2-4 weeks to kill the scabies... I am just scared it will take longer. Ha :/ Well thank you in advance for the responses. And if you have answers to my questions and/or tips PLEASE respond. Thank you! Anonymous poster hash: a3e15...357 Anonymous poster hash: a3e15...357