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  • Submitted: 03/05/2011
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Melanie Lowry AKA

Melanie Lowry Lollimops Himalayans Aggressive Kitten

Escondido, California, 92026

Melanie Lowry Lollimops Himalayans Melanie Lowry Lollimops Cattery Aggressive Cat Ripoff San Diego California *Consumer Comment ..Letter to Melanie Lowry AKA Annie Westlake of the Catinality Cattery online fraud site Melanie Lowry Lollimops Cattery AKA "Annie" of Sugar Kisses Cattery
Azusa, California, 91702
Submitted: 6/23/2007 1:28:11 PM
Modified: 5/26/2008 6:03:37 PM
Azusa, California
Ms Lowry delivered the Kitten to me in Temecula California, on the drive home to Azusa it was so obvious that the Kitten had some problems with her eyes. I immediatly took the Kitten to my Vet. After I got her home I found that she is one of the mose aggressive cats I have ever been around, she would jump at my face, legs & arms, biting & scratching, I covered my face when I slept. I have had her since 5/4/04 & this aggression has not changed. I contacted another Breeder & when I explained this to Ms. Lowry she became very upset with me, telling me that I had no right to do this, that this business was a small one & the word would get out! I asked her why this cat was so aggressive, she stated 'Oh, I though I breed that out of her! My Vet had never heard of such a thing. In trying to contact Ms Lowry I have had mail sent to her returned with no forwarding address. I feel so mislead by this woman.
Azusa, California

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Dear John:

We recently brought a cat into our house. When we got him, he was five weeks old; he is now eight months old. We got the cat fixed when he was six months, as advised by our veterinarian. The cat has a very dominant personality and attitude. We are trying to make the cat a normal house cat, but this is very difficult, because the cat will strike out and bite and scratch members of the household, even when he is laying on our laps and we are petting him. For no reason, he wants to scratch and claw us almost like an attack. What can we do?-A.H.

Dear A.H.:

There are a few reasons a cat might do this. Sometimes it's a genetic predisposition, sometimes it's health, but in your case, I'm betting it's the age at which you bought the kitten.

Bringing a pup or kitten into a home at five weeks of age generally has its consequences. Both species need to spend more time than that with their mothers to learn things like exerting self-control, as in bite and/or claw inhibition. They also learn about hierarchy. Some will find themselves able to assert themselves over some littermates and not others, and all will learn about boundaries and consequences from over zealous interaction with their mothers. Most mothers are pretty tolerant, but they send the message, "You may win some, but you will lose some, so think before you act."

When people get the kitten or puppy after a mother has done her work, the pet is better equipped with the understanding that good manners never go out of style. Kittens that don't get this time and the lessons that go along with it outside of the aggressive behaviour can suffer from some neurotic behaviour as well: things like over-attachment to a single person, separation anxiety and fear of strangers. In cases where it is a multi-cat or dog household, there's a greater chance of aggression as well, also due to a lack of development in inter-species socialization skills.

Generally speaking, if it's a good breeder, they don't sell until the kittens are around 12 weeks of age. By a good breeder, I mean someone who is making sure the kittens are being well-socialized amongst their own and other species, including being handled by many people. This tends to the exception, rather than the rule with both dog and cat breeders - the eight-week mark is closer to an ideal. Anyone selling puppies or kittens at five weeks is more of a "greeder" then a breeder in my experience.

Technically speaking, a human can teach the same lessons mom and littermates might, but the average person doesn't take on a parenting role with their puppy or kitten. We often embrace more of the role of a permissive grandparent, and there is far more latitude as to behaviour that couldn't be tolerated on a day-to-day basis.

Behaviour is often well-meaning but incorrectly written off as, "She's a puppy/kitten!" Their real mothers would provide attitude adjustments as needed for inappropriate behaviour precisely because, "She's a puppy/kitten!" To do anything else will produce a pet that struggles with the realities of the world that exists beyond being a puppy or a kitten.

Pawsitively yours,

John Wade

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This story was posted on Sat, March 5, 2011 Kitten aggression By JOHN WADE, Special to QMI Agency
Hello, I also have a cat that would also strike out and scratch me without any apparent provocation. One second she would be sitting on my lap as I petted her and the next second I had a scratch on my face. The cat was well socialized and very attached to me. I thought maybe the cat was crazy or just had a violent streak in her. One day after being fussed at and scratched, I realized that I was petting my cat too rough. She likes to be rubbed and petted very gently. She also HATES perfume and colognes. It took me almost a year to figure this out. We have been getting along fine since then. Maybe something you're doing is offensive to your cat. I hope this will help your situation.

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