Teddy Bear

Cat is agitated all the time

We got a cat from the shelter 2 1/2 months ago, he is about 2 years old. He seems like he is agitated all the time. He hates to be touched, despises being picked up, he does not want to interact with us at all. His tail is constantly swishing angrily and if you do go to pet him, he will often bite your hand. We have 2 other cats who are very curious about him, but he wants nothing to do with them either. He has not been with us that long but sad that this cat just seems to be by himself all the time. Any suggestions or is he just an angry cat?


Asked by Teddy Bear on Jan 6th 2014 in Behavior & Training
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Panda Bear

No, he was an abandoned/abused cat, and he is behaving this way as a source of self-protection. This cat needs time, space and an environment that is open for affection... later. You can try to pet Ted first when he is tired behind the ears. Then if he tries to bite you can just pull your hand away. It took one of my girls three years before she stopped running under the bed after a knock on the door. Give him a chance, at least 9 months, and he should definitely settle down by then. The thing with rescues is that we have no idea what happened to them before we came along. Try finding a treat he goes gaga for, like a catnip Greenie, that you can coax him with, and buy a cat tree to provide him with vertical space if he's used to climbing. Happy Meow Year! ^_^


Panda Bear answered on 1/6/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Guest

First of all a I would like to say that I am very glad that you are caring that cat in a very good manner. The problem you are talking about is very general in the cats. I think you should contact with vet as only they can give you the exact solution.


Member 1155186 answered on 1/9/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Tequila

Give him time and let him come to you on his terms and you will have a friend for life. We had a cat that took 6 months before she would stop hiding everywhere. Once she realized we weren't going to hurt her, I suspect she had been treated terribly before we got her, she would sit beside use. We could play with her and her toys. She was never a huge lap cat, but showed her affection in her own way. She was lovely.


Tequila answered on 1/14/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer