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Why would my cat suddenly be afraid to come inside our house after living in it for 8 years?

She waits outside the door wanting to come in, like she always has, but now when we open the door to let her in, she looks inside and then turns around and won't come in. We have brought her in ourselves a few times and she immediately runs and jumps on the refridgerator. We are starting to worry about her because this behavior is so unlike her.


Asked by Member 907189 on Nov 1st 2009 in Behavior & Training
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Coralie Grace

Health problems in cats can manifest in really odd ways, if she hadn't been to a vet for a thorough check up in a while I'd take her in.

How long has this behavior been going on? Have extra people moved in or has a family member moved out? Recent babies born? Have you added another pet to the home? Do you have new exceptionally loud neighbors that could have scared her while you were at work one day?

If the vet doesn't find anything wrong with her then I'd be inclined to think that this would pass on its own. Just remind her that the house is a safe place to be.


Coralie Grace answered on 11/1/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Izadore (Izzie)

Coralie's advice is good. Whenever there is a sudden change in behavior, it's always a very good idea to check with your vet. If she gets a clean bill of health, think back on when this all started and what you think may have happened to cause it. It will take a little research on your part, but you should be able to figure out what scared your kitty. Do you have a dog or child who may have scared or harrassed her? Workmen in the home? Something you dropped or slammed a door just as she came home? Accidentally hit her with the door when she came in? When a cat seeks higher elevation, that usually means she wants to observe everything around her and she is looking for something that previously scared her to see if it's still there. Good luck and let us know how she's doing! We care!


Izadore (Izzie) answered on 11/2/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer