|Purred: Mon Feb 13, '12 4:55pm PST |
|Aw, poor Mowdi! When you say "any length of time", do you mean he behaves this way any time you leave the house? Even for your regular daily schedule, such as work or school or whatever? Or does he only freak out when you're gone overnight? Are you gone from home often, or is it an infrequent occurrence?
I would suggest that you discuss the problem with his vet in detail, and get recommendations on how to proceed. If his behavior is a reaction only to a change in normal schedule, he might benefit from an anti-anxiety drug such as diazapam, both to help him keep calm and to stimulate his appetite when you are away. I'm not fond of drugging cats, or any creature, just to calm them down and make them conform to how we think they should behave. But this sounds like kind of an extreme case with the hiding from housemates and refusing to eat. A lack of food can quickly become very dangerous for a cat.
Please get him in to the vet for a thorough exam, and go from there. Best of luck!