Hissing and Screaming

I don’t know anything about Callie’s past when she was a kitten. I rescued her at the age of 3, lost and frightened and I told her I would prefer it if she would act more like a dog because I had just lost my Jack Russel of 13 years to cancer. She has done her very best to fulfill my request and walks on a leash, rides in a bike basket and can hike in a backpack.

What I don’t understand though, is why she absolutely despises her own kind and practically goes crazy when she spots another cat or smells their markings. She loves dogs and would march right up to one to say hello if she weren’t on a leash. The dog’s, on the other hand, go nuts when they see a cat being walked on a leash. So confusion reigns for all and I just have to make sure there isn’t a confrontation of sorts and someone gets hurt.

Last night at 9:00 pm, Michael and I went for a walk with Callie tethered to the leash and we didn’t go down one block before she let out a shriek and a growl and hunkered down by a parked car. She looks up at me and then back again at the car, and I have to gently coax her to continue walking. We turned around and headed back and to my dismay, a sweet-natured ginger tomcat came out to greet Callie and welcome her to the neighborhood. He had a cute little Calico sister also! But Callie was so upset, growling and hissing, that I had to have Michael go over to the cat and ask him to return to his house. Once he turned around, I carefully picked her up and carried her back to the RV. Callie was so tense as she growled and shrieked, that she is actually quite dangerous to handle because she is beside herself with a mixture of fear and outrage.

Once we got her back and safely inside, she relaxed and wanted to stare out the window for hours. She literally has a tomcat and a beautiful calico right next door at our new space and she is going to have to come to terms with her PTSD. Watching them from the safety of her bed may help. She was so exhausted this morning, that she is now going to sleep past dawn. I will work on her social skills and see what I can accomplish this week. We are staying at the Riviera Mobile and RV Park for one week more and then we are heading for Montana.

7 thoughts on “Hissing and Screaming

  1. Darnell Cureton August 8, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    I think Callie is just defending her space and resources. Since you feed and love her, she goes out on patrol (on a lease) keeping her space clear of hungry/ love needing feline competition. Looking out the window ensures that. She is protecting her interests.

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    • sevenfauesisters August 8, 2018 / 2:19 pm

      There you go! We literally just moved into this space, but you are right, defending us and her territory is probably the case. She looks at me frequently when she acts this way.

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  2. curioussteph August 10, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    she may indeed be defending her territory, and she may also have been bullied by other cats in her earlier days. There’s a homeopathic/flower essence remedy called rescue remedy that sometimes helps with this. They have a formulation for children and pets that doesn’t have alcohol in it. A few drops in her water dish may ease things a bit. I’ve used it with my cats over the years with fairly good success–reduces their agitation and stress.

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    • sevenfauesisters August 10, 2018 / 1:13 pm

      It is only when we are out walking and she is confronted by other cats. She seems pretty confident with herself attached to me with the leash. She was bullied. I am not walking her after dark anymore so that I too can see the cat under a car or a bush. I couldn’t see anything that night. She was letting met know though. We are having a fabulous time in Encinitas. The weather is mild and we may start leaving the RV here when we aren’t on the road. Take care, Steph. Hope Lucy is doing better still.


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