Cat won't walk on floor

by ANDREA
(PLAINFIELD CT)

MY CAT STARTED JUMPING ON FURNITURE TO GET AROUND NOW HE NEVER TOUCHES THE FLOOR HE IS ALWAYS UP HIGH ON BOOK CASES AND FURNITURE IS THERE A REASON WHY HE STARTED THIS BEHAVIOR?


Answer by Kate
hi
well i must admit I have never come a cross a cat that only walks around on furniture and not the floor.

it is perfectly normal behaviour for a cat to want to climb etc and often they do prefer to be up high, as this gives them an advantage point to see everything from.

the only thing I can assume is that the floor may smell strange to him (i.e a floor cleaner or new carpet).

It is nothing to really worry about though, he just prefers to walk around higher up and if your home allows him to do this easily then this is what he will choose to do.

best wishes Kate

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paranoid cat
by: Anonymous

my cat has only started to not walk on the floor since a bad storm last week went three days without eating or drinking till i brought the food to her on the tv table that she lives on since the storm i need help any one else with answers desperate

Fleas are probably the reason
by: Gwen

If your cat suddenly becomes afraid to walk on the floor, there are probably fleas involved. Even if there no other animals around, fleas can come inside on shoes, pants, etc. There might be little bumps on the cat's skin where fleas have been biting or the cat has been scratching. A tube of Vectra (from a veterinarian, about $17.00) will get rid of the fleas on the cat, and those that get on the cat after the treatment. You'll see the difference in the cat's behavior in a few days. Do this about every 2 months. The Vet will advise. I know what a worry this can be, so good luck!

Mandy Update 29/10/2016
by: Anonymous

well after 22 days of furniture hopping and avoiding the floor she has now got her third Pippet "THIS ONE Was a VEt supplied at just $68.00 OMG of ADVANTAGE NEW 6ML for cats 4 KG or bigger mandy has stopped bitting herself and has stopped pulling her hair out,she still crys at door when I go outside for a quick chat to someone at door like she wants to be with me for some reason I beleieve she wants to run away as we moved into here in april 14 this year being indoor cat hasn't ventured the fleas in grass and garden we all have seen them and rescued some outside cats in hot days they were totally covered in hundreds and hundreds of blood bitting fleas wow breeding outside in woodchip covered gardens which have proven to be a very costly way to beautify your garden in hurry anyways Im very concerned about killing fleas asap.

what a strain stress full time for any pet animal cat or dog well i wouldn't like it thts for sure.

she isnt really improving just yet she vomiting not using water bowl to drink water as she is too frightened of being bitten so she runs from litter tray directly to loungeroom coffee table where my laptop is situated strange weird behaviour she trusts where I sit et however will NOT trust my bedroom bed windows sill since she got back.

my cat Mandy won't touch floor
by: Anonymous

after reading everyone's flea problem one wonders that common sense prevails. I have flea treated her twice in 30 days and STILL SAME scratching madly will NOT even go to her food or litter Im over it but still vacume daily trying everything she wants to run away outside mind you she hasnt ever been outside she would freak.

All ideas welcome Im having trouble dealing with her she is only four a persian longhair.

troubled concerned

Comment
If you have tried everything then the problem may be an allergic reaction to either the flea bites or the flea treatment. If you are sure she has fleas then my advice would be to have her looked at by a vet. he may recommend a stronger flea treatment only available from vets or he may advise a antihistamine injection.

My own cat was allergic to flea bites. Just one bite would send her into a frenzy and needed an antihistamine injection from time to time.

of course there may be an entirely different reason for her reaction. Which again a visit to the vets will help to identify.
Kate

Cat will not walk on carpet floor
by: Anonymous

FLEAS are my first thought she is so allergic to flea control I'm hesitant in using it please can anyone help with good flea control without making my cat ill please help any help appreciated

Cat won't walk on the floor
by: Anonymo

I sprayed for fleas. She was always playing on the floor. Since I've sprayed, and swept numerous times, she takes the furniture route. Any ideas?

Successfully overcame
by: Elizabeth

Hey everyone,
My husband and I moved from a house to an apartment this year, and our normally rambunctious little cat refused to go on the floor and was constantly scared and crying. She took four months but she overcame her fear! It turns out she did get flees while moving which we fixed, we also got her a gentle anti itching liquid you mix with water to help anxious grooming. Then we made her walk ways with boxes or papers on the floor, or arranging furniture. We had to act happy and relaxed around her at all times, and continued normal routines. But don't worry, now she's 100% back to her old self and loves every room of the apartment, it just takes a long time for them to come to terms with change, but having their humans behave normally and not acting worried or panicked by their behavior goes a long way!!

Cats won't walk on floors.
by: Anonymous

My mother's cat started doing that awhile ago & now her other cat is doing that. I'll pass this info on to her.

Thank You! Cats Wont Walk on Floors/Rugs
by: Valkyrie Inflight

You guys have Taken a Huge worry off my mind! My sister's 2 cats, 9 yrs old brothers she adopted, suddenly stopped walking on the floor or carpet. It has gotten to where I have had to pick them up and take them to their food. They wolf it down and run! I cant even get the greedy lil buggers to come by crinkling the treats bag. I was so worried because they are eating and drinking less than usual just to avoid the floor. And YES, we did recently have a flea issue (one of them brought home 'guests'). And one of them, the innocent one, had a strong reaction to the flea spray. I think there are still fleas in the rugs, and the sensitive one may be worse because we also sprayed the carpets. THANK YOU!!

cat not walking on floor
by: Anonymous

Check your cat for fleas. They won't walk on the floors if you have fleas, they jump on things to avoid getting bit by fleas.

Cant wont walk on floor
by: Anonymous

it is because of fleas, mine have started doing it, it's a yearly event as i live at the beach and cannot entirely erradicate the fleas. Usually it lasts until the end of summer. Sorry!

thank you
by: Anonymous

thank u but i have already done that but thanks for ur replie

my cat wont walk on my landing floor
by: Anonymous

hi i have been im my house now 1 year and my cat willnot walk on my landing it is not carpeted and is painted wooden floorbords he jumps from furnicher to the banister we have to leve the door open so he has something to jusp of i dont no why he dose this he has never done it befor this has been going on for a year now can someone please help me has i want a normal cat any comments welcome

Comment from Kate
All I can think of is that the floor must smell of something which your cat does not like.

Try washing it down with a solution of bicarbonate of soda.

cat won't walk on floor
by: Glenda

Glad to hear you've isolated the problem. I must say though that Frontline would not be my choice of flea treatment. I own and operate a boarding cattery and of all the cats that visit with a flea control product on, Frontline always fails to live up to itself. My suggestion would be Advantage, Revolution or Advocate. Also once you've established a flea burden it's advisable to give a treatment fortnightly initially.

MY CAT UP HIGH
by: Anonymous

THANKS FOR YOUR FEEDBACK WE DID HAVE AFLEA PROBLEM IN THE RUG ALTHOUGH THE CATS ARE BOTH TREATED WITH FRONTLINE. THINGS ARE BETTER NOW MY CAT IS GRADUALLY GOING BACK TO THE FLOOR AND COUCH.

cat won't walk on floor
by: Glenda

I totally agree with Alison. Fleas is the usual cause for this behaviour. Not unless you have small children in the home and the cat finds being up high is the safest place.

most likely fleas
by: alison

when that happens to my cats it usually means that there is a flea problem.

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