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    1. You could get cat-nets and give him an outside area so he has something else to do.

    2. You can separate them to different parts of the house and get a scat mat so he isn't likely to chase the other cat.

    3. A sedative/antidepressant can help with the aggression and dominance he is displaying. It worked on my aunts cat who got to the point he was humping cushions, them, the dogs, anything within reach. I forget which one works best but your vet will know or there's a cat vet specialist in Melbourne that is meant to be the best in Australia you could try them.

    4. Don't get another cat if you get rid of him and have just the one. Or if the other dies Ninja doesn't sound like the kind of cat that needs a "friend". You're much better off getting two who have become friends in the shelter or kittens - which even that can change.

    Hope that helps. You're doing the right thing seeking help before just dumping him at the RSPCA. Maybe you could find a farm where he can be an only cat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xxCASSxx View Post
    Honestly. If my cat was attacking me, peeing on my clothes, ruining my house & upsetting my husband to the point he is ready to leave... I know what I would be doing with that cat...

    Oh & I have a cat & dog & many aquatic animals.
    I'm with Cass... as I read more and more into this... there was only one option that came to mind. I think the others presented by others are not a bad idea to try first though... particularly the one about seeing if he's definitely fully desexed and looking at medications to help calm him down.

    Thing is, if particularly the desex check don't solve it... do you want to be dosing your pet for the rest of his life? Assuming it works?

    I too have a myriad of pets and have worked at vets, I'm a qualified biologist and would always opt for the option to keep the pet if possible, but I've also had an aggressive cat that never grew out of it and wasn't helped by having company from other animals. She didn't pee or a number of the other icky behaviours you listed, but, attacking my 90-ish year old grandmother around her legs, kickboxing and tripping her up (aggressively, not just in play)... not cool.

    I hope you can try a couple of things at least and get some improvement...
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    Quote Originally Posted by xxCASSxx View Post
    Honestly. If my cat was attacking me, peeing on my clothes, ruining my house & upsetting my husband to the point he is ready to leave... I know what I would be doing with that cat...

    Oh & I have a cat & dog & many aquatic animals.
    DH can be a bit of a drama queen sometimes yes he is mighty pissed off with ninja a lot of the time, especially when he destroys expensive things like furniture and his (and only his) bags... but he wouldn't actually leave. For starters he has no where to go except his parents and he isnt THAT desperate

    Smudge, thanks for your ideas.
    1. we only have a sliding door so he can't let himself in and out and only a small backyard so having him on his harness is just as much freedom as having anything else outside to keep him contained.

    2. The house is open plan with only doors on the bedrooms and bathrooms so no way of separating them. I googled scat mats and they are interesting.. might work for a few certain areas like where we keep the bags... something to think about

    3. Definately planning on taking him to the vet after all the suggestions people have given. There seems to be a few avenues to explore and options to try. Just have to find the time as i am working full-time this week. Should be able to next week

    4. Definately NOT getting another cat. it was hard enough convincing DH to get a second cat. I dont think we will ever be getting more cats after the experience we have had with Ninja, DH just wont allow it
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    menthem, you posted while i was writing my last reply. your perspective is also useful (i am so glad i asked about this i have been meaning to for ages! there have been lots of useful things to think about). I definately want to try some of the suggestions first, but i have wondered if it is just an 'in-built' thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahlia View Post
    menthem, you posted while i was writing my last reply. your perspective is also useful (i am so glad i asked about this i have been meaning to for ages! there have been lots of useful things to think about). I definately want to try some of the suggestions first, but i have wondered if it is just an 'in-built' thing.

    what did you do with your cat?
    She was taken to the local cat home, and if she wasn't rehomed within a period of time, I believe she would have been put to sleep. I didn't want her to become someone else's problem, but she could be quite pleasant when she wanted to be... so for the right family (eg an older couple with time to pat her and fuss over her but not take any crap?) she would have been perfect...

    The way things panned out was basically that Nan went into a home, we moved to our new house (this is >6 years ago) when I was 4-5 months pregnant with the twins, and 3 of our 5 cats were rehomed. Two went to directly known friends (one even was taken to Melbourne by my Mum & step father and to this day we hear how she is going)... and the other was a very old cat and he was so settled in the neighbourhood, the neighbour took him on! He moved with them when they moved a year or two after we left, and I think he ended up staying with their neighbours... he was a very community-orientated cat... last report he was easily 16-18 years old

    The last one we just didn't know what to do with... it came to putting her down, or taking her to the RSPCA and if she didn't get a home, put down. I could have gone back to find out, but I couldn't do it.

    If I had my time again, to be quite honest, I'd be just getting her put to sleep.

    ETA: when I eluded to their only being one option above, I meant, my only option would be to put him to sleep if the other things don't help.
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    i have a cat that pees everywhere too also attacks me and quite often will take swipes at the baby as well ( if he goes anywhere near her ) , and if i could , i would get rid of her as she is making my life hell and i dont trust her as far as i could kick her ( i never have kicked her , just a phrase ) she is nasty and vindictive , so i know exactly what you mean . i cant get rid of her as my hubby adores her and she loves him but if i was in your shoes i would be having her put down . i say put down because i couldnt pass an animal on when it had major issues because the next owners might not be as nice as you are .

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    I agree also with getting him to the vets for a chat and a check up. There is medication that can help cats and dogs with behaviour issues. Ide also be looking into getting a cat enclosure for outside to give him some outside time alone as well. Spending several hours outside might help him calm down a little as well. You can get some great enclosures with all kinds of levels for climbing and have plants and shrubs at the bottom etc.

    It all sounds completely like very very dominant behaviour. The peeing everywhere make sure you dont clean it with cleaning products that contain ammonia as to a cat that smells like another cats pee and makes them want to continue peeing there. Also try having 2 litter trays as he is may be refusing to go into one that been used by the other cat.

    Ive worked in a vet hospital for many years and to be honest we have put cats to sleep in the past for the constant peeing everywhere or the aggression. IMO I dont think it is fair to the cat or to new unsuspecting owners to try and rehome a cat with that many behavioural issues.

    If it was my own cat Ide be trying medication and outside time in a large enclosure and possibly going to an animal behaviour specialist, there are a few around, they cost a fair bit and you have to be prepared to put a lot of time and effort into trying to correct the problems. From what Ive seen Ide say about 5% of people go to an animal behaviourist for cats with issues because of how hard it is to fix the problems.

    Good luck with it all you sound like a very very caring and responsible owner. I adore companion animals but I am also of the practical opinion that if a pet is causing you untold stress and putting pressures on your human relationships at home and you have done all you can do to correct something and it isnt working than I think euthanasia of that animal is not only a reasonable option but quite sensible.

    Ive only ever had the cat peeing everywhere dilemma and that by itself was really hard I cant imagine having to cope with aggression as well in your cat.

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    We had a cat that brought in snakes on a regular basis. Most of them were tree snakes so that was OK, but when the cat brought in a Tiger Snake during a birthday party I had to get the reptile catcher around in a hurry for advice. He told us to clean up the yard to keep the snakes away and the kids safe. Yes we had rubbish lying around. If you have a cat bringing in snakes then check this site out for advice snake and reptile safety as it may save you time and hassles with snake prevention.

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