Question by M: Feline behaviour problems, any advice?
About him: I have a 1 and a half yr old ginger, male BSH which I got from a rescue home when he was 9 weeks.
His History: He’s had a tough life so far. Just before we got him he had worms and reacted badly to the meds. After we had him for about 6 months our older cat whom he was very attached to passed away. Then 6 months ago we unexpectedly had to move house due to work and he had to become a house cat.
The problems: 1. He is very nervous and skitty. As long as everybody sits down and are calm then he is fine and will play and snuggle but he freaks out everytime people are walking around and runs and hides (we don’t even have a busy household, just me and the hubby). I recently started trying to use a technique I saw on a dog trg show where I stand or slowly move forward and give him a treat if he doesn’t freak but so far I’m not really seeing results.
2. Every few months he just stops eating or will only eat tiny bits for days on end. It’s worrying. I mean, he’s obviously not starving, he has a healthy physich, it’s just that its not normal (surely?)
In the past I have been to see a vet and they said it was common for cats that have been castrated to get bullied by other toms and that would explain this behaviour but now that he’s a housecat that’s not a possibility. I also, on that occassion got some drugs and an air scent thingy from the vet that supposedly help relax and calm him but to be honest, I didn’t notice much of a difference. They were just expensive I don’t want him to spend the rest of his life drugged up.
I’d really like it if somebody could tell me some techniques/games/tricks/whatever that I could do with him to boost his confidence and help him to chill the puck out. It’s not fair on him to spend so much of his life stressed out but is it even something that can be fixed or is that just his personality?
Help much appreciated.
I almost forgot the other thing: whenever I stand up , if he doesn’t freak out and run away the other thing he does is miow constantly and I don’t know why. His food is full, his litter tray clean, toys are available. It’s like he’s having a go at me because I dared to walk away from his affection…which lets face it, I can’t cuddle him 24/7.
Answer by Michael R
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