Almost two months ago, we recently welcomed a 1 year old black cat into our family. We believe he's part Siamese: he's got the sleek jawline and he's very skinny.
Our problem with our cat is that every day he has several episodes of unprovoked craziness: he'll run from room to room, jumping on any surface he can find and he'll claw furniture incessantly. However, the most problematic part is that he will, without provocation, charge at us and bite/attack our hands, ankles, arms and feet. Nothing initiates it; he'll be in one of his crazy states and suddenly lock eyes on you, run towards or sneak up on you, and pounce on your flesh.
We believe that this is happening because he's bored, so we've been trying to find him another energetic friend but have not done so yet. This attacking business makes sitting in a room with him peacefully almost impossible when he's crazed... every time he looks at me I'm worried he's going to rush at me and tear me apart. We try to play with him to dispense with some of his energy, but he gets crazy so many times during the day that we can't always drop everything and grab a toy.
Do you know what might be causing this behavior? Are we on the right track with the boredom theory? This cat can be really sweet when he isn't so crazy but he's quite unpredictable and it leaves everyone on edge. Do you have any suggestions on how to manage this behaviour and/or cope with it?
Additional info from comments:
We haven't really done anything specific to prevent any attacks, except for keeping skin covered and keeping our hands close to us when we sit down. The attacks are usually harmless if our skin isn't exposed, but he can sometimes draw blood -- his teeth are quite sharp.
We play with him multiple times a day, totalling about 30-45 minutes. As for interaction, we're around him the entire day, and if he isn't around us he'll move around the house to where he can be. For entertainment we play with him using toys and I will sometimes put bird videos on the TV to captivate his attention. We're seriously looking at getting him another cat friend.