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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-20-2009, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Help! New cat is not eating...

Hi everyone,
Im worry about my new cat. I adopted her yesterday from a very nice breeder. Starlee is retired female over 1 year old purebred Oriental Shorthair. She meowed a lot while in the car when I picked her up but very quiet once I got her home. I placed her in a cat cage to separate her from other cats in the house for now. Shes hiding in a corner and wont eat, drink or use the litter box at all since. I tried to have her sniff at all different cat food, wet and dry but nothing interested her. All she does is just stare at me, I know she is sad to have to be away from her previous owner and Ill be there to take care of her patiently but I dont know what to do to. How long are the longest hours for a cat to starve herself till she starts eating again? She already is skinny...
What should I do? Please help, thanks a lot.
Vanessa


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-20-2009, 11:05 AM
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Re: Help! New cat is not eating...

It is normal for cats moved to new situations to be quiet/still/hide until they grow more comfortable and show a desire to explore. Usually, the first day or so, they don't do much of anything. On the 2nd day, you really want her to eat something, and I would bet that she may eat at night when everything is (and has been) quiet and still for a while. It will just take time to get accustomed to this new home and patience and encouragement on your part.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Help! New cat is not eating...

Hi Heidi, thanks for your reply. I found some food was gone from Starlee's bowl this morning. I think she nibbled on it a little bit during the night. I'm glad she did
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Congrats on the new kitty

Would you describe the cage a bit? Is it out where the other cats can see her? Perhaps she would be happier closed off in a room, separated from the others but with one or two places where she can safely hide.

I'm glad to hear she's eaten Good luck and let us know how she's doing.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Help! New cat is not eating...

Hi, I keep the cage in my bedroom, before I left for work today, I left her cage's door open and the bedroom door closed so she can roam the room while have plenty of food, water and litter box whenever she needs. Also, I told my son not to open the door to let other cats in.

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Oh, that sounds like a good plan I asked because depending on how the cage was being used, it might add to her stress. Having a safe room for her will give her time to adjust rather than getting overwhelmed by a big new space, other cats, new smells and noises, etc.

How's she doing today?

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Re: Help! New cat is not eating...

Its sounds like you have a good plan going.

From what I know about oriental cats, it may take a little longer for them to come around. They develop a strong bond to their human. (usually one person in particular). So the cat may take a bit longer to trust you, but once she does youll have a constant companion.
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Re: Help! New cat is not eating...

Hi,
My Starlee is getting more comfortable now. Last night, she came out of her cage and walked around the room while I was there, then she came and sat next to me. She still a bit scared when I picked her up so I decided to take it slow with her. Shes eating more and used her litter box. Silly me, but this must be the first time Im so happy to clean a cat litter box, lol.
My worried days soon will be over, thank you all for your help


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