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Our cat gets along with everyone but when my 13 year granddaughter comes over he meows at her attacks and bites her. Why is this? Mary

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November 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

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Dear Mary,

Sometimes a person has a scent or voice that reminds them of someone else that they once a had a problem with. They can react negatively towards the new person.

It's too bad that you will need to keep him away from her.

Best regards,

Dr. Char www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
November 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Hi Mary~ I am a pet behaviorist, and want to offer some tips that you may be able to do.

Is the cat neutered or spayed? When your daughter comes over, I recommend giving her a special treat like Tuna or something your kitty LOVES. She should be the only one that gives this special treat. Have her sit next to you and with the special treat, have her offer it to the kitty via a spoon or plate. If that kitty attacks her, try to have her give the kitty this treat through a baby-gate (blocking so the kitty cannot jump over it). The idea is to start associating a positive presence when your granddaughter comes over. Kitty will start thinking she is the greatest thing in the world. If Kitty attacks her, immediately, take kitty to a Time-Out room. Put kitty in this room for a 30 second to a 1 minute time-out, with the door shut and no one in the room with kitty. Repeat this every time kitty attacks her. Also, tell her to ignore the kitty at first when she comes inside the home. After about 15 minutes, then have her try offering the special treat.

This should be repeated for a long time until kitty no longer attacks.

Also, tell her to avoid wearing any type of perfumes or scented body lotions when she comes to visit.

I hope this helps.

Victoria

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
November 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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