Why is my cat attacking me, (not playful, MEAN)
She is a 4 yr (?) old spayed Calico. She was a wild stray all spring, summer and fall, she finally began to trust me and has been an indoor only cat since a year ago October (16 months). We brought in a little 10 month old Burmese gal a week before her. We have 2 neutered males 3 & 6 yrs. ALL indoors only. I will try to be brief. The little Burmese (Emma) tortured her for the first 6 months and she litterally lived under my bed, on my lap or under my computer desk (good thing I work at home). I had to escort her to the cat box so Emma didnt jump on her. She has gained her independance over the last 4 months and roams the house freely, still a tiff here and there but nothing serious. She has started attacking me. Today she was on my lap while I was working at my computer, I had been petting her but stoped for a moment, she clawed my hand and bit me. This is the 4th or 5th time in the last 2 months. This is not not "love nibbles" but a full out attack that draws blood from the claws and the bite. She has a clean bill of health and there is nothing different in the environment (other than her independence). She has not stepped one foot outside since she came in other than to go to the vet. She is usually so snuggly and loving, wants to rub faces and such, I'm a bit hesitant to do that now. She is my snuggle bunny, wakes me up rolling under my chin and purring every morning. I need suggestions fast before I become afraid of her and she senses it. Thanks!