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Old 13.01.2015, 15:11
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Moving to CH for 1 yr; bring our aggressive cat?

My family is moving from the USA to Fribourg for one year in August. We have two 12 year old cats. We have been thinking we would ask a relative to keep them for the year, but one of them is unpredictably aggressive. Normally she is ok with us but unfriendly toward adult guests. (for unknown reasons, she doesn't mind/bother kids as long as they don't provoke her, thank goodness). She has been known to attack people and even seeks out the visitor and then hisses and sometimes attacks. It's very odd; our theory is that she must have been abused as a kitten before we adopted her. Over the years, we have tried many strategies, including Feliway and other things.

This morning an obnoxious phone alarm went off, and it set her off. She went completely crazy and attacked me viciously. I could not escape her until I ran to get a blanket (she chased me scratching me all the way), grabbed her with the blanket and put her in a closed-off room. She has only gone that insane a few times, but she was really like a wild animal. I have gashes all over my legs.

I can't in good conscience ask anyone, even an animal-loving relative, to keep her for the year. We are weighing our options, including (with heavy hearts) euthanasia. What if she attacked a child? But I would also feel terribly guilty... and most of the time, when it's just the family, she's a nice cat (sleeps on our laps, etc.).

Should we bring the cats with us? How difficult will this make finding an apartment? How hard is it on the cats to make that plane trip and readjust to new surroundings?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions/input. I'm so sad about this situation and don't know what to do. [the other cat is perfectly lovely and is not a problem... the two cats do get along well.]
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