My cat is violently reacting to her own reflection

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My cat is violently reacting to her own reflection

Post by thelizardhouse » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:03 am

I've had a lovely/peaceful natured rescue cat for three Months now, but suddenly things are quite badly off the rails. Come evening, she is growling, snarling and fighting with her own reflection. This is mainly at a glass sliding door, and even with the curtains pulled and secured at the bottom by books etc. she is still upset. She also fights with herself in a full length mirror and the glass oven door. She now spends the evenings looking around in an upset state, which is quite heartbreaking. Would love to have my normal, happy little cat back.

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Re: My cat is violently reacting to her own reflection

Post by exlibris » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:49 pm

This may be a symptom of a health issue - so speak to your vet.
However, it could be excessive energy - get a toy on a rod, it's really effective for making your cat exhausted without doing the same to you!
Is she neutered? This could be hormones at work.

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Re: My cat is violently reacting to her own reflection

Post by thelizardhouse » Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:13 am

She is neutered, and does have toys, but I do appreciate your suggestions. Things started off badly this morning, but right now she is quite happy and relaxed, so fingers crossed . .

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Re: My cat is violently reacting to her own reflection

Post by Lyn from Australia » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:47 am

I remember seeing an episode of Harry's Practice with a young cat carrying on with her own reflection. As Dr Harry rightly pointed out she didn't know who it was, to her it was just another cat in her territory. From memory they covered the bottom halves of the wardrobe mirror doors with paper and were given a Feliway diffuser to use - whether or not the cat responded I never found out. I hope so. Who wants newspapers taped to the wardrobes forever?

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Re: My cat is violently reacting to her own reflection

Post by thelizardhouse » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:46 pm

Thanks Lyn. I've now had to resort to covering the offending surfaces - mirror, oven door etc. This is the only way to get some peace at home, just wish I new how long this will go on for.

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Re: My cat is violently reacting to her own reflection

Post by Lyn from Australia » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:36 pm

I was trying to find any reference to the outcome of Dr Harry's "mirror cat" and came across the suggestion elsewhere that it might be useful to try creating positive associations with the mirrored (covered areas) by using toys/catnip play in those specific areas, which makes sense. Also that this type of behaviour can be set off in any cat when he or she becomes amped up by the presence of outdoor cats then reacting to its own reflection (kind of like redirected aggression I suppose). If this is the case then trying to discourage by various means any cats using your yard may help.
As the reactions to the presence of other cats can be SO much worse than disliking her own reflection, covering up the mirrored surfaces for a while is a minor inconvenience!!
Haven't as yet found any reference to what I was looking for!!!

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Post by thelizardhouse » Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:15 am

That's really helpful Lyn, thank you. I suspect that she has actually been upset by another cat at some stage, which may have triggered all this. Her nature is very submissive, so I'm wondering if she is vulnerable to feeling easily threatened by another animal. As a rescue cat, I don't know what sort of past she has had. She is now well loved, we'll get there in the end . .

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Re: My cat is violently reacting to her own reflection

Post by Lyn from Australia » Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:51 am

You obviously care for her very much and she'll come good in time. What's her name? When you work out how to post a picture we'd all like to see her. Cheers...

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Re: My cat is violently reacting to her own reflection

Post by thelizardhouse » Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:08 am

Will post a picture of 'Willow' when I eventually get a smart phone, one day.

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Post by Lyn from Australia » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:08 pm

Will look forward to that day. Keep us up to date with Willow's progress. :)

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