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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-11-2009, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Strange behavior since we moved.

I moved house about two months ago and into a rural area where it's too dangerous to let my cat out on her own (there are coyotes that eat cats). She always was an indoor/outdoor cat but she's nearly 12 years old and I thought she wouldn't be too stressed about being indoors. She seemed pretty relaxed about things and she's always been a very placid and friendly animal. A couple of days ago she started acting weird, yowling all the time as if she was on heat and absolutely craving to go out. (She was neutered at age three months and has never had kittens.) I don't know what to do! Even when I take her out on "walks" with her harness on, that doesn't seem to satisfy. Please help!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-11-2009, 02:17 PM
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Re: Strange behavior since we moved.

This is a really difficult behavior to curtail--I've tried and failed with one of my parents' cats. However, I do think that with persistence you could make it work. You might want to invest in some ear plugs in the meantime .

I don't think anything is wrong with the cat. She is undergoing two HUGE changes at once (being kept indoors and moving houses), and she is stressed out.

This is just my own sense, but I'm not sure that taking her out for walks is a good idea, at least initially; I think that giving her just a taste of freedom is probably just making her want it even more. Instead, I would focus on making the indoors as interesting as possible. She is used to having trees to climb, animals to chase, grass to roll in... you get the idea. So play with her, offer her treats, get her some new toys, etc. Most importantly, COMPLETELY IGNORE her when she yowls at the door. Reward her with lots of love and playtime when she's being quiet, but don't reward the bad behavior with any sort of attention (good or bad). I think that she will probably mellow out after a couple weeks of this.

Good for you, by the way, for doing what is safest for her and keeping her inside. I definitely think that's a wise decision .
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