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  1. Lawrence Philips says:

    Hi Daniel,

    I have what I think is an unusual cat problem – I wonder if you can help me and my cat Ignatz.

    Ignatz is an (about) 7 year old savannah cat, a small one. He came to live with me about four years ago. He is an outdoor cat and catches lots of rodents, mostly voles, moles, mice and rats, which the neighbors really appreciate. Although originally he got let out during the day and then would make sure to get himself let in for the night before I went to bed, this last spring he decided he wanted to be a night cat and insisted on staying out all night. He would show up for “breakfast” when I was getting ready for work, and then come in for a few hours when I was relaxing at home at night. Some rainy days he just wanted to stay at home all day, resting up i guess 🙂

    About a month ago his behavior changed: he can no longer tolerate being shut up in the house – even for a minute! He wants to come in and get fed and visit and play as usual, but if I close the door behind him he gets upset and sets up a yowl, scratches the door, and won’t eat. The only thing that seems to work is if I keep a door open – then he eats and visits, but he won’t settle and he keeps a close eye on the door the whole time. I have to think that he had some kind of traumatic experience getting shut up somewhere strange. He doesn’t wear a collar (breakaway collars do their job and breakaway, and I got tired of replacing them on Ignatz), so somebody might have tried to ‘help’ him.

    This is already a problem, and if I have to leave town I’m not sure if my usual plan for him, having my very helpful neighbor come in and feed him, will work under this new behavior problem.

    Any ideas?

    – Lawrence

  2. Lydia Carlson says:

    Hello Daniel,

    My husband and I need your help or advice desperately! This is our situation:

    We have to black cats. One female and one male. They are about ten years old and they love each other! Well they did up until recently. My husband and I live in an apartment on the first floor with a screened in patio. Our cats love going out on the patio all the time and normally we just leave the door open during the day to the patio so they can come and go as they please. Two weeks ago I went to bed early and my husband was up until about midnight. Turns out he left our female cat out on the patio all night and the male was inside. When he opened the door our male cat ran outside and they started to fight right away. They have never done that!! Our female cat was a little aggressive with us that day but calmed down and we separated the cats right away. We know she has redirect aggression towards our other cat and have been trying to reintroduce them for the last two weeks and now she will hiss at the male cat when she sees him or if he gets too close.

    What else can we do? We have a poster board up with their food dish in the middle but it is hard to get them to eat at the same time. The female cat is also picky and won’t eat the wet food or treats except catnip. Please help us!! We want to get them to love each other again!!!!

    Lydia Carlson

  3. sarahhoughton says:

    Newly blended cat family – 2 females meshing with a brother/sister pair. The one male cat, normally sweet and cuddly with everyone and everything, has turned into a territory patrolling attack cat. Every time he catches even a glimpse of the other new female cats he goes into berserker mode. We’ve done everything behaviorist books recommend regarding gradual introduction, but he remains aggro. He’s even been on Prozac two months to no avail. You were recommended by a friend. Willing to help? Please?

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