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We have two 2-year old cats. They are siblings (male and female) and have been neutered/spayed.

The tomcat has never been very sociable but was friendly enough and liked to be stroked and brushed, but in the last month he has been spending very little time in the house (we have a cat-flap so they can freely go in and out). Especially in the last week he has been coming in only at night, and then running out as soon as he's been fed in the morning, avoiding all contact.

This morning I decided to pick him up after he had finished his meal to check everything was alright but as soon as I did so he viciously attacked me. He was hissing and scratching wildly and drew quite a lot of blood. I had to let him go and he ran straight out again.

I'd be grateful for any advice about what might be causing his this behaviour, and what I can do about it. He doesn't seem to be injured or show any signs of pain when he moves, but I'm thinking to take him to the vet just to be sure. If he reacts this viciously though I'm worried I might not be able to get hold of him at all.

Update 2016/08

I eventually managed to catch him and take him to a vet, although it took over a month! I couldn't get hold of a trap (I'm in Korea and not fluent in the language so it wasn't so easy), so I had to gradually win back his trust, starting outside where he seemed to be less edgy and them encouraging him back in the house with food. Anyway, the vet couldn't find anything medically wrong with him, and he's slowly got back to his usual self (still anti-social but non-violent, to humans at least!). So I'm still not sure what caused his original lashing-out, but now I'm much more careful to make sure he feels unthreatened before I pick him up... hopefully we won't have any more trouble!

  • How long have you had the kitties and where did you get them? How long ago was the male neutered? – KittyConsultant May 2 '16 at 16:01
  • @KittyConsultant We got them from a neighbour who looked after their mother, when they were about 6 weeks old I think. The male was neutered at 8 months old. – Mark A May 3 '16 at 2:07
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You first need to take your cat to the vet to rule out medical issues. When a cat suddenly changes his behavior, it's likely medically. He may have been hurt outside (cat fight, car, etc.).

You may have to borrow/rent a cat trap from a local trap-neuter-return (TNR) organization. You would place his food inside the trap, and it would humanely close, trapping the cat. You can do this outside, where he enters the house (he may be less suspicious of it) or inside your house where you normally feed him. Be sure to keep the sister in another room the whole time, with food and treats, so she isn't the one trapped.

The reason for my questions- If your issue does happen to be behavioral, your cat seems to be exhibiting behaviors as if he were not neutered. I was thinking - possible undescended testicle. Maybe the vet tech only got one. It does happen, but this is a complete guess. Something your vet can look into, if no other medical problems exist.

Please update your post after you go to the vet, and let us know what he/she said. From there, we may be able to offer more advice.

Thank you for caring for your two kitty siblings!

  • Thanks for your answer! I have been trying to lure him into the cat carrier to take him to the vet but he is having none of it... so I think I will have to look out a trap. I'll let you know what the vet says once I've got him there. :-) – Mark A May 4 '16 at 2:27
  • Sorry to be so long accepting this answer! I planned to wait until I'd been to the vets, but that took much longer than I thought (see update to the question), and then it slipped my mind. Thanks for your help! – Mark A Aug 24 '16 at 9:27

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