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10 Jan 2006

Cat with moodswings - help!
Can anyone help me understand my cat. He is a 3 year old neutered Main Coon. I got a female kitty approx 9 months ago (also now spayed), but Mr. Main Coon thought this was the worst thing out, and decided to become extremely moody. He has sort of adjusted to the fact that we have another kitty, but he is becoming increasingly moody towards me. I cannot stroke or pick him up any more. He does have moments where I can touch him (for a few seconds) before he runs off with a huff and a puff. What concerns me the most is that when I am affectionate towards the female (who absolutely loves hugs and kisses), he stares at me with daggers. Thinking he also wants attention, I try and stroke him, and what happens, he runs off. I just can't seem to understand what he wants when he wants it. He also sometimes runs up to me meauwing, looking as if he wants some attention, just to run off if I do try and touch him. He has never been a touchy feely cat, but lately this is unbearable, I love him so much, why can't he accept the love we try and give him. Can any one help? It seems asif he has terrible moodswings and will tolerate the female up to the extent where they play and all of a sudden, he will agressively attack her. Help me please!
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi Lee

I would suggest you have a detailed health check done by your vet. Rule out possibilities of any illness, i.e. liver, kidney blood tests, etc.
Once you have done that, you should get an accredited animal behaviourist to come to your house and assess him. If he is completely healthy, you could give him some rescue remedy and give him some catnip if he likes it. This should assist with calming him and possibly making him a bit more tolerable.
You can look on the animal behaviour website for an accredited animal behaviourist that can assist you.
www.animal-behaviour.org.za

Hope you have some joy soon.

Regards

CDV
Animal Behaviourist
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