My cat became aggressive when petted.
I had a cat that would become aggressive when I petted her.
She was a beautiful tuxedo cat, the love of my life, and the smartest cat I have ever had. I tried everything I could think of to solve the problem.
I read every magazine article I could find, searched the library for books, asked everyone I knew, and took her to the vet. No one had the answer. One article said that these cats should be euthanized!
One day in my search for a solution, I read that some cats become overstimulated by petting. I started to watch her carefully when I was petting her, and I noticed that her pupils would dilate just before the attack.
Once I realized that, all I had to do was watch the eyes and I would immediately stop the petting. She would jump down from my lap or just walk away. As long as I watched for that eye change, we could have our petting sessions without biting.
I hope anyone who has a cat like this will be patient and try to resolve the problem. Domino passed on 18 years ago after a year and a half of weekly chemotherapy. The original cancer was cured, but she developed another type in a different location, and the vet told me it was incurable. We had her cremated, and she now rests with my Dad.
I have tears in my eyes just thinking about her. I believe in the Rainbow Bridge and believe that I will meet her there. I have had other cats since, and I love them, too, but Domino will always remain in my heart.