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I was cutting fabric on my worktable and Milo (age 9, neutered male) was sitting on the fabric. I nudged his hind left foot, the only part of him that was in my way. He reared up and slapped my head with his claws out, right-left-right-left. Both he and I were shocked. I said "Milo!" and he jumped down and ran out of the room. The rest of the day he repeatedly attacked his littermate Max (NM), biting his hind leg. Max ended up under the bed shivering. How could I have eased the situation? I've had the pair for almost a year and this has never happened before. Both are strictly indoors.

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    Was he napping when you nudged him?
    – StephenS
    Jun 10, 2022 at 1:34
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    This question sounds like a news headline: "Cat attacks owner, beats his brother up and robs a pet store at gunpoint."
    – ck1987pd
    Jun 11, 2022 at 13:31
  • I can't speak to attacking his brother, because I only have one cat. However, when I am doing crafts, the cat often sits on my craft and becomes extremely territorial. Even ignoring her and trying to continue as best I can can lead to an attack on me. Picking her up is out of the question. I resorted to the spray bottle. You can shake the bottle, spray past or over your cat, and then finally spray him. Next time he should have learned that the water shaking sound means get down and hopefully you won't need to actually spray him.
    – ribs2spare
    Jun 29, 2022 at 14:36

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He may be trying to defend himself from you nudging his hand, and left foot. Sometime cats defend themselves when they feel like you were bothering them, it's completely normal for them to act like this, Milo might had evolved with that feature. Also if he's attacking his Littermate, he mighted had learned that from his ancestors. In this case take Max and Milo to the vet.

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  • This is a behavioral issue, not a medical one.
    – StephenS
    Jul 17, 2022 at 14:25

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