My cat is getting distant from me

by britanie
(mississippi)

My cat ploof was 2 months old when I found him. He followed me and my bf home for a mile and a half. I’m not sure why he followed us but I’m very glad he did. Ever since then, which was eight months ago, he has been my baby boy. He follows me everywhere, he sleeps with me, he has to be near me at all times, and he copies me. I put my foot under the door and my bf opens it for me, it’s an inside thing. Well my cat does the same thing but with his nose. And I’ve trained him to sit, stand (up up), and when I say "tell me you love me" he meows. We share food as well. I know that isn’t healthy but it isn’t a lot and he is very healthy. Well a few weeks ago my other cat had kittens, and I had to keep them in my room from the day they were born so I know they are safe. Well ploof sleeps in here every night. This is his room; he does what he wants in here. I mean he’s well trained so don’t get the wrong idea with that. Anyhow, the last few days the kittens have been learning to walk, and are moving about. Well he saw them and he’s acting odd. He won’t come in my room, and he’ll sit next to me but look forward and put his chin up like "hhhhmmmmph". And he will do that for a long time. But oddly he’s been hunting at night. Every night he annoys me to let him out, so I do. And he goes out hunts, then comes to my window and follows me with his prey until I look at it. When I pat him and say thank you baby boy, he walks off purring. He doesn’t even care about the bird or kill he had. He purrs instantly when he sees me and he follows me everywhere, without me having to call him. It’s been this way since I found him. So it hurts my feelings that he’s hardly coming around me. He’ll be a year old soon, so I know he’s going to change, but could this be because of the kittens? Does he hate me? Will things get back to normal?


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Hi
There are a few issues here.
Firstly is he neutered? If not then this should be done now as at 1 year old he is now mature enough to start wanting to mate and this will make him more distant anyway as he will want to increase his territory and find females, so this could be a reason for his change in behaviour towards you.

Also cats are not pack animals like dogs so they don’t like to live with lots of other cats. So it could well be that the arrival of the kittens has upset him. He may be thinking that he is being pushed out of the home.

I don’t know what your plans are for the kittens but they have to stay with their mum until they are fully weaned which happens between week 8 and 12.
Also as you say as kittens grow up they will naturally change their behaviour just like humans do, so the change could also just be down to that. You can’t expect him to always be the same. I have two young cats that I have had since they were 4 months old. They are now 2 and I can’t tell you how many things have changed over the years. Yes it is sad when they are no longer so reliant on you but that’s the nature of cats really, they are very independent creatures.

So no I don’t think he hates you but, if he is not neutered I would do that as that will make him calmer and more content to stay near home.

You will have to re home the kittens as soon as they are weaned to prevent further upset in the home. And you will have to accept that he may change his behaviours but at the end of the day that does not mean that they dislike you now, it just means that they are growing up.

Best wishes Kate

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by: Anonymous

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my 12 yr old
by: Anonymous

My cat Missy is 12 yr old and all these yrs we have been bff's she would snuggle in on the bed at night and not move til morning but the last few weeks she has become distant and acting a bit weird she also has been sleeping behind the TV unit and I when I talk to her it's like our connection has gone I miss my baby and would like some advice on what could be going on , thanks in advance

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Try building the bond again by trying to play with her, perhaps with a new string toy. Don't force her, just let her do it in her own time. Don't try to cuddle with her either, just sit near her and talk softly. This will help her to build her confidence again.

The occasional treat can also help

best wishes Kate

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by: Anonymous

I talked to a vet today in regards to my delima with my neighbors cats aka now my foster cats. I am getting the males neutered since the vet said the female can get pregnant again and they all stay in the same area. I also was advised that the female can't get spayed until 2weeks after the kittens are weaned. I, for the life of me do not know how i am going to keep her in my garage for 10 weeks, she is already getting stir crazy and it's been 3days since the birth. She is a good mommy though..I really don't want her to get pregnant again..any comments?

Moving her into the house is not an option

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keep them separate for the first week then gradually reintroduce the brother cats to the kittens.

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