My 7 months old kitty is fearfull
by Alemsha Darwish
(Moonachie, NJ. USA)
my two kittens
I adopted 2 kittens when they were 8 weeks old, brother and sister, now they are 7 months old. Since the beginning they both were very friendly, playful and very affectionate. Recently, my neutered male Happy has been acting strange, every time my nephew or someone else comes over, he runs and hides, especially, my nephew. He is good with me and my husband, he plays with us, lets us pet him with no problem. This problem started about 3 weeks ago, please any advice how to keep him calm when we have people over? I don’t want him to be scared and hide, I feel hurt for him, I want him to be happy not scared. Can you also tell me, what could have caused this behavior? I’m really desperate. Thank you.
As gets grow up they go through many different stages, I have seen it with my own two cats, their behaviour would change from month to month during the first year or two. I suppose it’s because they are learning new things every day and encountering new experiences.
It sounds like your male cat may have been frightened by something, it could have been anything from a loud noise to a new cat in the area, it is often impossible to now. But cats do have this odd way of associating their fear with something other than the actual cause, it is known as aggression trauma. But in your case your cat is not being aggressive but is hiding from whatever he has associated his fear with, which in this case is your nephew or stranger to the house.
He should eventually get over it but you could try and help the situation by helping to re build the trust and confidence between your cat and your nephew. This will take some effort on your nephews part but if done correctly will help to build your cats confidence.
Please see my page about how best to bond with a cat.http://www.our-happy-cat.com/new-cat.html
If your cat continues to be timed and fearful you may want to consider trying one of those cat calming sprays or medication which can help cats through particularly difficult situations. Please see this page for more on thesescared-cat.html
Best wishes Kate
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