I have a Maine Coon which was a rescue. She was wild for about five months before the shelter picked her up. I got her at about 5 1/2 months, just over 3 years ago. I figured she'd remain near-feral, but she has become extremely affectionate, esp over the last year. She meets me at the door, jumps up in my lap, licks my face, never wants to be in a different room than I am, and is generally a sweetheart.
The only thing is that she will suddenly go into attack mode.
Now, I don't do anything to provoke this. She will jump up on my lap, or on my chest when I'm laying down, meow at me, and demand to be petted.
Then, in the middle of being petted, she'll attack my hand and arm SAVAGELY. Now, I know that this isn't malicious on her part, because if I put my face near her, she goes back to cuddle mode.
The problem is, she's a BIG KITTY and can actually break the skin with her teeth, and I'm sure her claws could cut steel if we let them get sharp enough. (we have the vet trim them).
Anyone know why she might be doing this? Is there anything I can do to discourage this behavior?