Scared Of Ceilings Fans and Storms! Help?
My oldest cat (11 years) Spazz is terrified of ceiling fans and storms. I'll split the stories into two different paragraphs so it's easy to read.
When Spazz was a kitten the people who previously owned him had put him on a ceiling fan and turned it on. I'm not sure what the outcome of the situation was - although, it couldn't have been good. Ever sense we got him, he's been absolutely terrified of them. If they're off, he's alright - but still wary about them. When I come in my room at night, and he's laying on my bed - I'll turn on the light and he'll see the ceiling fan start (before I've had time to turn it off) and he'll take off out of the room. The part that upsets me the most is that he'll try to avoid it at all costs. He won't walk under it, he won't go into a room if the ceiling fans on, he won't lay under it, etc. I've never really had any idea on how to fix this - because I don't want to force him upon it and make him even more afraid of it, and it's not like I can sprinkle food or catnip on it. :/ Does anyone have any ideas? We have ceiling fans in every room of our house, and my mom likes to keep them on.
We use to let our cats outside when we lived out in the country because we had this huge backyard with a stream in it, and lots of trees and everything - the cats just adored it. Well, when Spazz was around 3 or 4, he disappeared for a couple nights. On around the 5th night of him being gone, I was in my room and I heard this weird meowing sound so I went outside to look and see if one of the cats wanted in and Spazz was laying on the porch. His paw was bleeding, his mouth was bleeding, etc.. We rushed him to the ER vet, and the vet said that from the looks of his paw, it looked as though he had gotten his foot caught in a (fox) trap and he had tried to chew it off. In the end Spazz lost part of his paw and one of his teeth. He was in a cast for a long time (my sister still has the cast...it's weird..xD). Well, the 5 nights he was gone it had stormed the entire time, and ever since then he has been deathly afraid of storms. Whenever he hears thunder or sees lightening, he runs and hides under the chairs or the couches or anything he can get under. One time, I actually held him to try and comfort him and he actually pooped(for lack of a better word :/) in my arms. Now, I've never seen a cat get that afraid of anything. I've thought of taking him to the vet for maybe an anxiety medication for when it storms or something of the sort, but will they give a cat of his age something like that? Or is there anything else anyone can think of to help?