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Your plan is a wise one and I would do precisely that: Act as if the cat does not exist and see if there is a change in behavior.Cats being allowed outside can and often does result in a change in behavior. For some cats, they become more confident, explore more and become more relaxed due to the increase in exercise. For others, they become overstimulated and stressed. We can also see an increase in risk of illness and injury when permitted to go outside. This could certainly be to blame for the change in behavior as it's unlikely that Dixie would know you for her entire life to turn around and become aggressive towards you.I would also try to consider whether or not you're bringing in different smells with you, especially that of other animals. In a case where a cat might have a bad experience outside, it may be likely that they would become more aggressive toward someone who smelled like another animal due to their new found fears, too.
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