I’m sitting with my cat, and she’s being very nice to me. She’s purring, and she’s sleepy and calm and very nice. However, yesterday she was on a wild streak and attempted to bite and claw me to get me off my bed so she could sleep on it instead of me. I had to use a blanket as a shield to remove her from my room. But now as she’s nice and calm, I’m starting to realize a pattern with this and the cyclical abuse model: rising tensions (when her eyes get wide and she starts running all over the place), an incident (when she approaches me unprompted to bite or scratch; this isn’t petting-induced aggression), reconciliation (she rubs around my legs and headbutts me once she’s calmed down), and a period of calm (right now, when she’s sleeping next to me and it’s very warm and relaxing). This happens every week or two weeks.
Can cats have abusive personalities? I know she has aggression issues towards other cats, because I got her when my parents’ friends found her on their property but she would try to claw their cats so they couldn’t keep her. And if she does, is there anything I can do about it? I don’t want her to have to be put down, though I don’t think cats get put down like dogs do. Maybe they just take aggressive cats to barns so they can catch mice. But my cat isn’t very good at catching mice so she would probably die of starvation which is worse than being put down.