I really need some help and advice. I have two cats and a dog. This morning, my dog was with me in the kitchen and one of my cats ran up to him and started attacking him. It just turned into an all out brawl between my three animals, since my other cat decided to join. It took a lot to finally separate them and both my dog and I came out with some nasty scratches. We’re both fine, I’m going to take him to the vet.
I honestly don’t know what triggered the cat to attack. But I have them all separated in different rooms. The cat that attacked is my sister's cat, the other cat is mine. My sister's cat is fine with me now, but my cat is terrified of me. Every time she looks at me, it’s in complete fear, her tail fluffs up and she gets into a defense pose. She and I are extremely close, and she’s never reacted towards me this way. In her two years of life, she’s never been scared of me.
I decided treats would be a good way to get her not to be afraid. As I fed them to her, she was totally fine. I was able to pet her and she showed no signs of fear. But when the treats were done, she became afraid of me again. Her tail fluffed up, her pupils dilated, and she once again got into a defensive pose. I decided to leave her alone in a different room to give her space.
I really don’t want our relationship to be ruined, I would be devastated. Can anyone give some advice on how to approach this? This happened 40 minutes ago and I want to fix this and start mending this problem as soon as possible. For now, I’m leaving her alone for a few hours, and check up on her and see how she is after a while. Sorry if some things don’t make sense, I’m still shook up because it was a bad fight.