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Is my cat missing another cat she spent the holidays with?

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Portoman, Jul 23, 2019.


  1. Portoman

    Portoman PetForums Newbie

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    I went on a long trip recently (2.5 weeks) during which time my cat, who is two years old, stayed with friends, who have a 9 month or so old kitten. I realise that it isn't ideal for cats to change environment, and that this could be a factor too, but I didn't have many options.

    Since my cat returned, she's been acting strange. I suspect that she misses the younger cat, whom she was apparently mothering and caring for during the holidays with my friends.

    She has been acting weird - a bit nervous, a bit less playful, and even tail-chasing here and there (which I had never seen before). We recently went to the vet as she had been breathing heavily, which itself may have been stress-related (missing the cat, or changing environment).

    thoughts?
     
  2. Portoman

    Portoman PetForums Newbie

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    Any thoughts chaps?
     
  3. Babyshoes

    Babyshoes PetForums Senior

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    How long have you been home? Mine often act a bit odd after we get back from a holiday - attention seeking types of behaviour mostly, but usually only for a day or two.
     
  4. Portoman

    Portoman PetForums Newbie

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    A few weeks now...
     
  5. Babyshoes

    Babyshoes PetForums Senior

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    Hmm, I'd have thought she'd be past any initial unsettled behaviour by now. Did the vet have any ideas? Is she spayed? Wondering if her "mothering" the youngster might be related?

    Whatever has caused it (as long as the vet says it's not medical), I guess the best thing now is to be patient with her and try to work on the new issues. Lots of treats and gentle love to start with...
     
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