I dropped by my daughter's today and was welcomed by this image in the window. I just love this little gal.
"Hey...guess what, Nan. Joe has a boo-boo on his head and can't go out and he's being mean to me"
"Really, Ray" That is called displaced anger and I'm not happy that he's taking out his frustrations on you.
"Well, he is smacking me sometimes and then he scratches mom's couch. He wants OUT! Maybe I should come home with you."
"Maybe, Rae. I'll talk to your mom."
Cat-tip for the day=^..^=Displaced Anger in cats
Many cases of unexplained aggression are brought on by environmental stress, leading to heightened fear. A distressed cat may suddenly attack another cat or a person who is nearby, even though that person played no part in causing the upset. A cat who has just been in a fight may accept handling by one person, yet scratch and bite another who approaches too closely. This is known as displaced aggression.
In Rae-Rae's case, Joe, who was always an indoor-outdoor cat has been in a fight with another neighbour's cat and received a wound that became infected. He is now on antibiotics and his wound is healing well. He must stay in for 2 weeks, Dr.'s orders. His owner, my daughter, is hoping to get him used to being indoors and keep him out of harms way. This is not sitting well with Joe and he will swat Rae just out of the blue or attack their furniture and scratch the living daylights out of it. So, today I suggested a few things to help with this displaced anger which is...
l. Playing more with him. This is the most important one.
2.Placing boxes around the house for them both to play together in
3.Providing more window shelves
4.Giving treats at certain times of the day
5.Grooming more often (daily)
Hopefully it won't take long for him to settle down now that the summer is closing and the cooler weather is coming soon.
Don't worry about Rae though....she can hold her own.
Siamese kitty goes to his new loving home today. He is at the vet this morning and his new owners, a retired man and his part-time working wife with kids and grand-kids will be taking him home to Ottawa. (30 min car drive)
I am so happy for this guy that he will finally sleep in someone's bed. This family have lived with Siamese cats for years and love them dearly. He will be an only cat for now but that may change as they will most likely adopt again.
"Have a great life, Siamese kitty" It was wonderful to get to hold you, pet you and love you for a little while"