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jmagerl
January 25th 07, 05:08 PM
Mr.Bonkers is a watch cat. When the doorbell rings, he is right there to
hiss, scratch, bite any stranger that comes into the house. He defends his
property with a vigor. Every other cat I have ever know has prefered to run
and hide when a stranger approaches. Not this guy. Lord help any kid that
ever chases him.

When we have a visitor sleep overnight, Mr.Bonkers sits in a chair all night
long and stares at them. Its rather upsetting.

IS there any way to teach a cat to be less agressive? He is an indoor,
neutered cat with access to a screened in outside room. HE gets along well
with the other cats in the neighborhood that roam free (thru the screen that
is) .It's just he has an active dislike for other humans.

With his human family he's a perfect gentleman. He never raises a claw or
bites (for blood). He's a perfect kitty except for this reaction to
strangers.

Lynne
January 26th 07, 03:08 PM
on Thu, 25 Jan 2007 16:08:01 GMT, "jmagerl" >
wrote:

> Mr.Bonkers is a watch cat. When the doorbell rings, he is right there
> to hiss, scratch, bite any stranger that comes into the house. He
> defends his property with a vigor. Every other cat I have ever know
> has prefered to run and hide when a stranger approaches. Not this guy.
> Lord help any kid that ever chases him.
>
> When we have a visitor sleep overnight, Mr.Bonkers sits in a chair all
> night long and stares at them. Its rather upsetting.
>
> IS there any way to teach a cat to be less agressive? He is an indoor,
> neutered cat with access to a screened in outside room. HE gets along
> well with the other cats in the neighborhood that roam free (thru the
> screen that is) .It's just he has an active dislike for other humans.
>
> With his human family he's a perfect gentleman. He never raises a claw
> or bites (for blood). He's a perfect kitty except for this reaction to
> strangers.

I don't have any suggestions, I just want to say this is funny as hell.
(Sorry!) My adult cat, Rudy, LOVES visitors. He's right there at the
door with my insane dog. My kitten, Levi, is starting to do the same
thing. I don't know how we lucked out this way, but it probably has to
do with their socialization experiences when they are young.

--
Lynne

Alan
January 26th 07, 03:21 PM
Hmmm..
Cats can be territorial. Could be yours doesn't differentiate between
species and defends against all that dare enter. Congratulations on being a
member of his pride.
You do know he probably expects you to back him up if he gets in over his
head.
Alan

"jmagerl" > wrote in message
...
> Mr.Bonkers is a watch cat. When the doorbell rings, he is right there to
> hiss, scratch, bite any stranger that comes into the house. He defends his
> property with a vigor. Every other cat I have ever know has prefered to
run
> and hide when a stranger approaches. Not this guy. Lord help any kid that
> ever chases him.
>
> When we have a visitor sleep overnight, Mr.Bonkers sits in a chair all
night
> long and stares at them. Its rather upsetting.
>
> IS there any way to teach a cat to be less agressive? He is an indoor,
> neutered cat with access to a screened in outside room. HE gets along well
> with the other cats in the neighborhood that roam free (thru the screen
that
> is) .It's just he has an active dislike for other humans.
>
> With his human family he's a perfect gentleman. He never raises a claw or
> bites (for blood). He's a perfect kitty except for this reaction to
> strangers.
>
>
>

Richard Evans
January 26th 07, 05:27 PM
"jmagerl" > wrote:

>Mr.Bonkers is a watch cat. When the doorbell rings, he is right there to
>hiss, scratch, bite any stranger that comes into the house. He defends his
>property with a vigor. Every other cat I have ever know has prefered to run
>and hide when a stranger approaches. Not this guy. Lord help any kid that
>ever chases him.


I have one sitting next to me at this moment who was like that, even
worse. I was fostering him for a rescue group and he was so fierce we
had to keep him locked in a room and push food in with a broom handle.
Both a vet and an animal behaviorist said he'd have to be put down.

It took me several months just to let him out of the room safely, and
a couple of years of constant contact (he lived in my home office)
before he truly settled down. He went from being fiercely aggressive,
to simply not letting me touch him, to being OK, even downright
loving, with me but not letting anyone into the office. My poor tech
support guy was terrified of him. The cat would follow him from the
door to the computer, and when the poor guy sat down the cat would
climb on his chest and hiss in his face. I had to lock the cat up to
get my computer fixed. He finally reaching a truce with strangers on
his own turf. Instead of stalking them, he simply gives them a
perfunctory hiss just to let them know he's watching them then goes
about his business. Unfortunately, he reverts to his savage self with
strangers outside the home. I have to tranquilize him for the vet to
examine him.

That's whiy I ended up adopting him, because he never made nice with
potential adopters.

Anyway, that's a long story just to say it can be done.

When strangers come to call, have them feed him something he really
likes.

dgk
January 26th 07, 06:56 PM
On Thu, 25 Jan 2007 10:08:01 -0600, "jmagerl" >
wrote:

>Mr.Bonkers is a watch cat. When the doorbell rings, he is right there to
>hiss, scratch, bite any stranger that comes into the house. He defends his
>property with a vigor. Every other cat I have ever know has prefered to run
>and hide when a stranger approaches. Not this guy. Lord help any kid that
>ever chases him.
>
>When we have a visitor sleep overnight, Mr.Bonkers sits in a chair all night
>long and stares at them. Its rather upsetting.
>
>IS there any way to teach a cat to be less agressive? He is an indoor,
>neutered cat with access to a screened in outside room. HE gets along well
>with the other cats in the neighborhood that roam free (thru the screen that
>is) .It's just he has an active dislike for other humans.
>
>With his human family he's a perfect gentleman. He never raises a claw or
>bites (for blood). He's a perfect kitty except for this reaction to
>strangers.
>
>

Good one. Feliway diffuser perhaps?

T
January 27th 07, 03:04 AM
In article >,
says...
> Mr.Bonkers is a watch cat. When the doorbell rings, he is right there to
> hiss, scratch, bite any stranger that comes into the house. He defends his
> property with a vigor. Every other cat I have ever know has prefered to run
> and hide when a stranger approaches. Not this guy. Lord help any kid that
> ever chases him.
>
> When we have a visitor sleep overnight, Mr.Bonkers sits in a chair all night
> long and stares at them. Its rather upsetting.
>
> IS there any way to teach a cat to be less agressive? He is an indoor,
> neutered cat with access to a screened in outside room. HE gets along well
> with the other cats in the neighborhood that roam free (thru the screen that
> is) .It's just he has an active dislike for other humans.
>
> With his human family he's a perfect gentleman. He never raises a claw or
> bites (for blood). He's a perfect kitty except for this reaction to
> strangers.

Wow - sounds like you've got a prize kitty there. My cat Randy used to
run to the door and growl when someone knocked or rang the doorbell. He
was very protective.

Unfortunately I had to euthanize him a few weeks ago. We did adopt a 3
year old we've tagged with the name Evangeline and she's a little
skittish. I'm sure as time goes on she'll open up, she's already getting
very attached to both of us.

barb
January 27th 07, 05:35 PM
LOL. Well, you need a solution. Try this. Teach him with a signal when
it's okay to trust a visitor. The signal can be a pat on the head and a
couple bites of Temptations. A cat like this can work for you if someone
comes and breaks into your house.

I had a Siamese when my son was born and the first time he was left with a
young babysitter the Siamese growled and spat when she tried to go into the
baby's room. This girl's family actually had several Siamese of their own!

--
Barb
Of course I don't look busy,
I did it right the first time.