My cat went missing and now is very nervous.
My cat female went missing on the 22nd of November and came back on the 30th of November, I was so happy to see her return home. She came back looking normal and nothing was wrong with her body, She did look like she lost a bit of weight but the strange thing was when she came back she was like she was afraid of something, she was very hungry and thirsty, I fed her and gave her some water but when she was eating/drinking she was contently looking around and was afraid of every little noise she heard around her??
She doesn't know if she wants to go out side or come inside the house, she's constantly eating and drinking water?
She's not close to me and my family as she use to be? she doesn't allow us to hold her or touch her unless she approaches you when she wants to. I don't push her I'm trying to give her time to allow us to hold her or pat her.
I also have a dog (Maltese terrier, female) which they use to get along very well with, my dog would lick her and they would play with each other but when she returned it's taking her a bit of time for them to approach each other which was not normal.
The thing that scares me is that she is a bit weird now, she's afraid and is taking a bit of time for her to allow us to hold her or approach her, I'm thinking maybe if she was stolen and she might of escaped because she is scared and taking time to adapt to my house again? I'm not sure.. I'm also worried and scared that she might go again..
I also forgot to mention is that i found her in my front garden, she was abandoned when she was a kitten, a few weeks old. So i'm assuming that she might of been born from a feral mother or her mother brought her to my garden and left her in between
the coach in our garden, i am not sure..
I would like to know what i can do to make her feel welcome and close to me and my family again? I don't want to loose her again or don't want her to leave us..
Can you please help me and explain why she would of done something like this and it may reoccur??
Don’t worry your cats behaviour sounds completely normal to me. Every time my cat has been away for more than a day or so he always comes back extremely nervous and agitated and not his usual self. This I am guessing is because while he is out he is on full alert all the time and this level of alertness takes time to calm down again.
I assume your cat is spayed, if not then having this done will help to prevent her wandering off again.
However like my cats you don’t know what they get up to when they are out. They may have been trapped in a shed or something, a neighbour may have taken her in and kept her in or she may simply be a cat that is used to wandering a little further than normal if she has a background of being a feral cat. Usually as they get older this wander lust does ease up.
All you can do is to make sure she has a breakaway collar with a small name tag on to let other people know she is not a stray, make sure she is spayed and in the mean time keep her in for a few days and let her alone so that she can calm down.
She will relax again and let you pat her again but it has to be done on her own terms and timetable.
If her nervousness continuous then there are cat calming medications and sprays available that can help in the short term. Please see this page for more on thesescared-cat.html
You may also be interested in this page toohttp://www.our-happy-cat.com/new-cat.html
Best wishes Kate