Need more info before making any suggestions...ultimately a trip to the vet might be a good thing if she's due for boosters or spaying (if not
my first question is: is your kitty an orange tabby by any chance?Or even a pale orange cream colour? (no browns just orange to creamcicle orange)
What does she eat
Is she spayed and innoculated
Does she go outdoors
Does she have toys
Are you home a lot
Are you on a busy street
Does she look healthy (nice shiny fur, not dull and greasy, bright clean eyes and tear ducts, cool moist nose and cool ears, no scabby skin or missing
fur, clean teeth with none broken or missing....)
Are there other cats in your immediate area that yowl or come to your windows or doors
Your vet will likely ask the same types of questions
Assuming she's spayed and is indoor only.
I'll tell you about my lunatic cat Gus (Gustardio). he does have a neurological condition that has yet to be labeled by our vet.
Gus is an orange Tabby. 2 yrs
he is neurotic to the point that he literally bites and draws blood on his own tail. he doesn't associate it as part of him and thus it is a nuicance
and irritates him with it's endless twitching. his tail is scabbed with so many bite marks.
Gus is also afraid of the evening-window-boogeyman. The glare from the street at night reflects on our windows and terrifies him. Every night he
slides across the room, belly to the floor and hugging the walls for safety until he finds his basket which I have blacked out for him with a towel.
he does come out with coaxing and will try to sit and snuggle but the slightest noise or light reflection that catches his eye he will freak and hide
Gus's day routine is similar to your kitty's. For the most part it seems "normal" for Gus to attack the floor and even try to chew up bits of it
at random and just for kicks. I wouldn't say he's in physical pain but it's become pretty clear he suffers mentally. he's very skitish and will
flee in terror at anything unknown, unseen, or unusual in anyway...no curiosity to come check anything out once it's scared him. he will remain
scared of things even long afterward.
he will attempt to break into every cupboard and we now have babylocks on all cupboards to keep him out as he shreds things when he gets inside. he
has destroyed at least 50 bucks worth of TP since we got him, eaten numerous hand towels, scratched out pots and pans and chewed on anything and
everything plastic handled he can sink a tooth into.
he has a scratching post and more toys than some human kids...still he will look for things to demolish.
he also prefers to sleep on the bed but is not allowed unless I give permission while I'm napping. It's treat for him.
At night he brings out all of his mice to the bedroom door and plays there in front of the closed door pretty much all night. occasionally he'll beat
up our other cat, but they are very different in age and personality so they don't play much together.
Gus is an oddfish for sure, physically healthy but mentally a bit damaged. he may have nerve damage that causes his tail troubles but the other things
we're still trying to sort out.
the vet has asked for him to come hang out at the clinic for day or two for observations.
Gus is neutered btw and is negative for feline aids or leukemia. he was a feral cat but was so affectionate he went on the rehoming list and we
scooped him up
His blood work is a-ok and the vet is a bit unsure how to proceed. medications...or just learn to live with it.
the tail will definitely be docked as it's too risky to have him chewing holes in it all the time.
Indoor cats can suffer some natural neurosis from boredom, poor diet, illness or just personality quirks.
The things you describe I imagine are a bit weird to watch, but unless you really feel the cat is in physical pain when it's trying to eat your
floor...it's more than likely just playing and imagining an adversary. Cat's have great imaginations.
I also have a Maine Coon (16 years) and he always tries to kill the floor...growls and claws and spins out on the hard wood. he'll jump from one
piece of furniture to the other like his tails on fire. This is called "the rips". cat's will often get a sudden burst of energy and they simply
have to release it. he also screams sometimes at fluff before pouncing on it and devouring it only to spit it back out and head for a nap.
Your vet can give you the best info though as they can see the cat themselves and check any common problems that might be of concern.
[edit on 2/7/2009 by justgeneric]