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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Suggestions for apathetic cat

I am fostering a three year old cat for my local animal rescue operation. I don't know too much about her past, except that she was surrendered to the animal shelter. She's been at my apartment for about 3 weeks now, and I can't find anything that will interest her. Ball of tissue paper--no go. Laser pointer--flopped. String--no interest. Dried catnip--no response. She just sort of stares at the toy for a little while and then looks elsewhere. I did manage to get her attention for a short while with a bit of uncooked spaghetti (she tried to chomp on it), but that's about it.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm a new cat owner and don't have too much experience. She otherwise has a good appetite, isn't afraid of me, and goes to the bathroom properly. On the other hand, she only approaches me when she is hungry, and isn't particularly fond of being petted (most of the time she gets up and walks away). She spends most of her day lying in my kitchen. If I can find something that she can get excited about it would be easier to adopt her out. I just don't want to spend a lot of money on toys that she won't use.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 04:51 PM
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Re: Suggestions for apathetic cat

Cinderella is kind of like that. Didn't have a very good first four years, never really learned to play. She keeps to herself, but comes to me when she wants attention. Or yowls from her living room. She does LOVE boxes, but that's not a toy. The only thing that gets her going when she's in the mood is the wand end of Da Bird. Any stick, really. I run it along the rug in an arc motion and she goes crazy!

Your foster kitty would probably be a good cat for someone who would like a cat's company, but not a trouble-making little kitty.

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Re: Suggestions for apathetic cat

There's a cat lives across the alley who comes to visit me and hang out while I'm in the garden. He will sometimes even meet me when I'm coming home, and that means crossing the alley and making his way through the house lot. Before I got Zenobi, I tried to get him to play. He looked at me as though he thought I'd gone crazy. I guess some cats are just like that.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 09:18 PM
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Re: Suggestions for apathetic cat

After a few weeks she could still be intimidated.

My Siamese Mia loves to play. My Vet gives out toys that lok like little pipe cleaners that she has a blast with. I barely have to get involved.

My Ragdoll is at the other end of the spectrum. She used to play a bit but since she's gained weight she mostly loves to sleep and be petted. Part of that is the breed. Some people like laid back cats.

Both of them figured out the laser pointer and just look at my hand when I use it.

Take a look at the Raggie during the play session in this video.

http://animal.discovery.com/videos/cats ... gdoll.html

The last time people tried to elimate free roaming cats it resulted in The Black Plague.
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The twins used to go wild over the laser light, but they quickly learned how it worked, so they began going after my hand.

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