crazy kitty!

  1. Okay you guys, i have been around cats all my life and have never, NEVER seen a kitty act the way mine has been recently. This cat is terrified of the floor! No joke. She will hop from table to window to entertainment center to couch to get around the room. At first, hubby and I didn't think anything of it cause she's always hopping around but she would touch the floor. Now she won't even go to the room where her food and litter box are. If we pick her up, she digs her claws into your shoulder as if she's afraid you're going to put her on the floor. I tried this once and got my back scratched up for it. I am at my wits end because I hate keeping her shut in her little room but I don't want her making a mess on my carpet (which she did recently, which clued us in that something might be wrong) The only thing that I can think of that is different is that we got her a new flea collar since whoever lived here before us seemed to have pets with fleas. But who knows, this behavior may have started before the collar and we just weren't observant enough? I am afraid if I call the vet, she will think I am crazy or something! Have any of you ever seen anything like this with any of your pets and if so, how did you fix it???
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  3. by   amblessing
    Check her paws - maybe she's got something stuck that's hurting her Have you had your carpets cleaned recently or put anything on the carpet for the fleas? The smell may be freaking her out! If nothing, try taking the flea collar off for a few days and see if that helps. Personally, I'd forget the flea collar and go with the once a month flea treatments. They're much more effective and they will keep the fleas out of your house
    Last edit by amblessing on Jul 1, '02
  4. by   angelac1978
    well... nothing on her little paws, and we do use a powder on the carpet once a month to kill any thing living there and she has never been bothered by it until this past week or so. We have tried the once a month treatments that you put on the kitty's back but I guess she has sensitive skin or something cause she freaked when we put it on her and it cause a red spot on her skin. I think we are going to remove the collar. Had also thought of getting a kitten (was planning on getting one anyway, just may get is sooner now) for her to chase and play with and maybe then she would forget about the floor...
  5. by   2ndCareerRN
    Try to get a UA done on her. Urosepsis can make little critters (and little ole' ladies) a tad on the crazy side.

    bob
  6. by   nursejws
    angelac...good luck. I've never heard of a kitty behaving so strangely. Some people would question that on my part being around Zoe(my girl kitty) for any length of time. My Mom goes as far as to say she's evil!

    Some good suggetions mentioned above. I'm wondering if it's the flea collar. Some of those flea collars are STRONG to their senses.

    How long have you been at your current place? She might smell all of the other animals that have been there before and spazzing out on you. Zoe's done that too.
  7. by   caroladybelle
    Flea collars are notoriously bad for many kitties. If she is too sensitive for spot on treatments - she probably is too sensitive to have flea collars - maybe try another type of flea control.

    Kittens are good for only cats - but she maybe more off the floor than before. Kittens tend to ambush older cats, so mine always stay up on raised surfaces, to keep an eye on the little suckers, below.

    PS - I have two bottle raised orange kittens in Florida available.
  8. by   Sleepyeyes
    Wow, that's really weird.

    Weirder than my daughter's senile old cat who (I swear) forgets who you are, who she is, where she is....
    even has pica, gnaws on plastic wrap and soap, if she can get her hands-- er, paws-- on it...
  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    Idea!
    Is it possible she hurt her paws on hot pavement somewhere?
  10. by   oramar
    I think I would get the animal checked by a vet. Just in case it is something physical. To bad you can't call that lady that reads animal minds, this sounds like her kind of thing.
  11. by   Ortho_RN
    I would get rid of the flea collar.... They don't work most of the time anyway, except for the area right around the neck... They make much better things nowadays.... Frontline or Advatange are the best... Only diff between the two is Frontline takes care of Ticks also... THese are the liquids that you place on the skin (not hair) on the nape of the neck... Just be careful with the Walmart stuff.. Hartz brands etc... When I worked in the Vet clinics we saw MANY cases of toxicities from the walmart/Petco bought stuff... They are straight pesticides, unlike the Frontline or Advantage.. Which you get at the vet and are a lil pricey... Good Luck
  12. by   LasVegasRN
    Kitty Ativan?
  13. by   kristi915
    We have two cats, and they are both crazy!! They fly from one end of the house to the other, then fly off the back of the couch, to the chair.....and around and around again!! When I first got my kitten in december, I was afraid of leaving her alone with our other cat CoCo, because CoCo is a meanie. I remember when I decided to let the cats meet, CoCo was on the stair way, right infront of my bedroom door, I brought the kitten out, and whoo!! CoCo hissed a good one, and flew down the stairs. Scared the crap out of her!! They sorta get along sometimes, usually the kitten beats up on CoCo, neither has claws so they hit eachother.

    So hopefully your cat likes other cats, and just be careful when you let them meet. My bigger cat stalked the kitten for a while....

    Good luck!!!
  14. by   CATHYW
    Did you say that you had moved? That would be enough to throw a lot of pets (and people) for a loop! Also, the carpet might have been sprayed or cleaned with something that she perceives as offensive or dangerous to her.

    Another thought-did she fall onto, or get tangled up in the carpet or a rug?

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