aggression/introducing new cat

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aggression/introducing new cat
Sat, 01-04-2014 - 10:43pm

Hi. Just like another post I was looking at, I haven't been here in ages. I'm looking for help. My best friend died and so far I've got her cat, Christopher. I've got him isolated in a bedroom (the computer room) where he and my 3 can sniff and paw under the door. I had forgotten, until he did it to me, that my friend Nancy had said he sometimes atacked her pretty viciously. He didn't do it at all for the 5 days that our friend Bob and I were at Chris/Nancy's house (after 1 1/2 days of hiding from us). He had a terrible traum0--my friend had been dead for about 10 days before she was found. So he was without food and water, and you can imagine the horror. Anyway, he seems fine now, after hiding under the bed for a couple of days at my house. But, 3x while playing Belly Rub, he suddenly grabbed and bit me badly, through 3 layers of clothing. Then yesterday I was at the computer and one of mine was pawing under the door and he and Chris were hissing at each other. I knew better than to approach, and was not paying much attention. But he came after me. First he clawed his way up the back of my chair and tried to get at me, then he came around and grabbed my arm, hard, in his teeth and claws. I had to scream and hit him to get him off. Once again, he seems fine now, but now I'm afraid of him and thinking I can't keep him.

I know he was agitated by my cats, but I can't really avoid that. If I'm closed in the computer room w/him, they're more likely to come around and sniff. And I guess the key to keeping him from getting aggressive when I rub his belly is to try to read his signals and stop when he's had enough. If he had never done it to Nancy, I'd chalk it up to stress, but he did. I'm not willing to keep an aggressive cat. Does anyone have any advice? He's also getting restless in one room (4 days). Someone suggested putting him in a carrier and putting the carrier in the middle of the living room for everybody to sniff. But he's extremely difficult to get into the carrier, and now I'm afraid to try.

Thanks

Katz

 

 Katz