My little darling escaped my house for ten days. We figured that he left home when my mom went to work that night. He's grey and blends into shadows really well. Anyway I sent out fliers all around the neighborhood about him missing when someone finally spotted him! So now it is going on the third day he has been home. I have taken him to the vet who did a normal exam on him and gave him his FVRCP and Rabies booster shots. He is slightly boney now but the vet says at 8.25 pounds it's not something to really worry about. He had no fleas or ticks, no bite marks, or scratches. All in all he came back in really good shape.
Before he left he use to attack our other cat playfully, he would run up and down our hallway. He would even jump over the couch when my dad was napping on it. He came to me on call every single time. He would constantly be playing with his toys, and he would climb all over anything the was in his way to just get to a window.
Ever since he has been home he has ignored our other cats' presence. He has become more talkative when he sees me enter the room. He still follows me around the house. The strange things are if I'm not petting him he falls asleep right away. He gets up about every hour to eat and drink and then comes back to me or my mom and falls back to sleep again. The first night he was home I gave him a bath. He didn't fight me at all. Then I just let him loose in the house after trying to towel dry him. He was still wet but he jumped onto my moms bed and went right to sleep right next to her. He didn't even lick himself. He has been now but I was just kinda surprised that he didn't right after his bath. I tried playing with him but he ignored his favorite toys even. He does everything to avoid the front door. Which is fine since he is an indoor cat to begin with.
The other thing I have noticed is he isn't responding to my calls and he hasn't greeted me when I come home like he use to. However when he hasn't responded I go looking for him and find him sleeping somewhere. If I pick him up he purrs which is what he did before. When he cuddles with me before he falls asleep hes been purring too.
Is there anything I should be worrying about? Is this just him being tired from his little adventure? He's only a year and a half old so he has a lot of life to go. Do you have any ideas?
I think he's very, very tired...remember that cats do have a survival mode, just like humans do, and when thrown into a traumatic situation, that mode tends to switch on. It will take a little more time before he's really at ease again, and all you can do is make sure that he knows you love him.
Just freaked out. As soon as he knows that the big bad outside isn't going to come and get him again, he'll smooth out, you'll see.
He's a "Cat of the world" now! He's been *there* and he's seen *things* and he's got that thousand yard stare! The other cats are in awe of his new found knowledge and maturity! :)
Seriously, he's processing knowledge of a WHOLE new world, and probably being needy because of the insecurity caused by knowing just how *big* it is out there.
In other words, as said above, he's *freaked out*. But will get over it! It'll take a few days to a week before he *smells right* to the other cats again to. I've noticed that cats rely on smell for identification purposes more than anything,
Thank you! I feel a lot better about it now. He's still been sleeping most of the day today however I did catch him chasing the other cat today for a few seconds before he curled up in a little ball and went back to sleep. Also I can't feel his rib cage as much as I did on Monday. I just wanted to make sure that there wasn't something else that maybe I should be looking out for. Again thank you soooo much.
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