Suddenly frightened puss puss!
My cat princess has been behaving very strangely for the last few days. She is climbing very high and refusing to come down and sitting in her 'I'm scared' place on the cat tree. She is also running from room to room quickly low to the ground and refusing to come near me. She makes sure she's in the same room as me but always a safe distance. I have been away quite a lot recently but she was looked after by my parents constantly who she loves. She bought up a couple of hair balls last week but has been fine apart from that. I have heard her eating and using the litter box during the night and she is an indoor cat. She also 'talks' quite a bit normally but is very quiet. Please can anyone help? It's making me really that's she's obviously distressed and I can't help her :-( she's 3 and she hates going to the vet so don't want to take her unless it necessary. My Mum thinks she has separation anxiety!
on Apr 16th 2012
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Cats can get separation anxiety, especially only cats and cats who have always had a lot of consistency and routine in their home life. Do what you can to spend a lot of time cuddling and playing with her while you're around and hopefully she'll be able to adjust. If she's still acting really weird after month or so or if she loses her appetite you'll have to consult your vet, but just acting a little "squirrelly" during a time of change is normal and not immediate cause for alarm.
Once she's settled down a bit and you know you'll be home for a few months you may want to consider getting her a companion so that the next time you'll be gone a lot she has a friend to keep her company. A good shelter can help you find a submissive cat that gets along well with others and has a similar energy level to hers, probably a 1-5 year old, and can instruct you on how to do a nice, slow introduction to help start their friendship on the right paw!
Cali answered on 4/16/12. Helpful? / 0