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Why does my cat start screaming and then have an extremely aggressive outburst right after?

Asked by deni (22665points) September 4th, 2010

background info:
we adopted him a month ago.
he is 8 years old
only one previous owner and i believe there was no abuse or anything, he’s very loving and affectionate

problem: he likes to look out the window and every once in a while he will begin to scream. it sounds like a child being murdered and its chilling and very frightening. it’s happened a few times and we always thought it was because he saw another cat.

today, it happened while i was in the kitchen and he was there with me looking out the window. he started screaming and i looked outside, there was nothing that i could see and then he pounced off the window sill and came at me and attacked my leg ferociously for a few seconds. he made me bleed! somehow, i’m not sure, because he has no teeth or front claws. and then he flew into the other room and started attacking the blinds, or thats what it sounded like anyhow. i was too scared to go see!!!!

anyhow, have you ever experienced this, cat owners? i’ve had many cats throughout my life (family cats, not my own personally) and i have never seen anything like this or heard of anything like it! google is doing me no good at all for the first time ever. help!?!?!?!?!!

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10 Answers

lillycoyote's avatar

Yes, cats sometimes make noises that sound like children being murdered. It can be very disturbing.

Mom2BDec2010's avatar

I think your cat may have some psychological problem. Lol, Ive never seen a cat do that.

Trillian's avatar

Hehehe. Kitty conniption.
My cat used to blame me or the squirrells who sat outside and teased her. She made this bizarre noise that I came to associate with “Kitty kill” and she only ever made it while looking out the window at the squirrells. She’d just pounce on my foot and act like she wanted to tear it off above the ankle.
Also, somewhere, I have a picture that I took of her during a freak out session that has what appears to be a ghost in it. There was nothing that I could see when I took the shot, I just wanted to snicker about it later So who knows? Mabe your cat can see/sense a presence or some electro magnetic residual energy.
And maybe she just has kitty conniptions for no reason that a human can understand but seem perfectly reasonable to her.

jca's avatar

bring the cat to the vet and check if he has toxoplasmosis. i had a cat that had it and he became like psychotic, attacking his own trail and legs by biting, his tail was a bloody mess, he would whirl and twirl in circles and growl at nothing. it was scary. he got medication – it’s curable. also see if your cat has anything else that may be causing his outbursts.

15acrabm's avatar

you know, it is possible that, like humans, he sees something outside and it makes him remember a horrible and terrifiying memory. Sometimes, that can make a person do weird things, and see things. Im no expert, but maybe it could be the same sort of thing with your cat. I mean, we both have memories and brains right?

tinyfaery's avatar

I definitely think you should have a vet do a blood panel. If medical issues are ruled out consider that cats can have misplaced aggression when they observe something that they react to but cannot get to. The cat will take it out on anything and anybody it sees. Again, I recommend the book “Starting From Scratch”. Believe me when I tell you that you can retrain a cat.

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

Howling at the neighbor cat.

Type ‘redirected aggression’ into Google and ‘in cats’ is immediately suggested, lol.

deni's avatar

just a little update, i have pinpointed the root of this problem. it is definitely, hands down the neighbor cat. i was unsure before. and he sees other animals outside all the time, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and he never does anything. but this one cat, he just cant handle it. he had a LONG freakout the other day. i was terrified. i ran into the bathroom.

tinyfaery's avatar

You should put the cat in the bathroom.

Evilsteve's avatar

He’s horny, wants some pussy….I do the same thing.

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