so.....my son just married a woman that had mental health issues. She has spent at least 8 weeks out of the past six months in a psych ward. I'm sorry to sound so down on her, but it's true. she has "panic attacks" and cannot deal with nomal life. Period. So, they just got married last weekend. They just bought a house in the country and have two cats, and two guinea pigs and a dog. My son has a promising career and also has a bright future with the military and has been advancing quickly up the ranks. Both his civilian and military jobs are very stressful and time consuming. His wife has worked a variety of jobs, but currently, she is in the psych ward again and has not worked for several weeks.. My son is unable to return home due to his career committments for a few weeks, so my husband and i are are taking care of the animals (the cats and guinea pigs) and house. because of the recent wedding and all the uproar surrounding it, my son and his wife have spent very little time at home in the past six to eight weeks. Their one cat is acting strangely. She will greet us, when we come to do animal/ house care, in a friendly way, and play, but the longer we remain, the stranger she gets. Yesterday, she growled and was very aggressive towards me, mu daughter, and the other cat, for no apparent reason, after wed been there for about 45 minutes. Normally, she is a happy, friendly cat.. Today I went there by myself to care for the animals. The cat was fine, greeted and played with me, followed me around, interacted with the other cat, for about 45minutes. Suddenly, she attacked the other cat...then attacked me, chased me through the house, attacked and bit my leg hard enough to cause considerable...considerable..bleeding..blood soaked all the way through my pants leg! Then attacked viciously the other cat! I left the house and slammed the door, but i am very worried. The aggressive cat hurled herself at the door, then jumped into the window sill and yowled and growled at me through the window! Is this a stress thing from being alone or without prolonged human companionship for so long? could it be rabies? My son swears that they have been vaccinated, but I'm not so sure......would rabies last over a period of weeks? Becauae this cat has exhibited aggressive behaviour off and on since mid June. I don't think it's rabies, but I have no experience with it.... so.... In any case, my son is unable to return home for the next few weeks due to his career obligations, and his wife is still in hospital. What am I supposed to do? I'm afraid to go back in to attend to the animals. I'm afraid that the aggressive cat may have seriously injured the other cat, and may seriously injure me if I try to return. WE are expected to have severe heat..in the 90's..over the next few days. Both cats are in the house, with no a/c, as are the guinea pigs. I am, understandably, a bit worried about going back in...I DON'T like being used for a ...uh...practice dummy for attack training! Thoughts? I've never experienced a cat acting this way before!!!