I have 2 cats, one is 5 and the other 6 months. The older one has been this way even before the kitten came along which I will get to in a bit. So here is the problem and I never really noticed the severity of it until
the kitten came around. All he does is lay on the couch. He has no interest in anything He does not want to be pet or he will bite. He does not want to be groomed or he will bite. I come downstairs to give them
their food and he doesnt even come to inspect. He looks at me with his ears up in the air but otherwise has no interest. We have tried everything to get him to show some sort of interest...interest in anything. He doesnt even explore the house or look out a window. He just sleeps on the couch in the basement and that is about it. Here are the things we have tried
-catnip: no affect on him
-toys: no affect on him
-grooming time: trys to chomp you
-cat treats: if you open the bag in front of him he lifts his head up up but wont even get up to get the treat, you have to bring it to him
-got kitten...no interest in kitten
-talk to him/sing to him: he just walks away
I cant get him to do anything but lay on the couch in the same spot sleeping and it is a bit concerning because of the lack of activity or interest in things. He is 15 lbs by the way. If my wife and I sit down on the couch next to him he gives us this look of total annoyance and ultimately gets up, walks a few feet away and lays down with his back turned towards us.
Thats another thing, he does not look at us, he will stare at the wall of the couch as to avoid looking at us which is kind of a bummer
because you want your pet to show you some sort of affection and you cant even show him affection or he will bite. If you try to pet him he purrs at first but then will try and bite...not a love nip either, I mean a BITE. I dont get it. I dont think he is in any pain which would warrant a bite. Vet gave him a clean bill of health a few months ago (he has to wear a muzzle at the vet) but I didnt tell the vet his lack of activity because I figured it was just feline indifference...but seeing how full of enegry
the kitten is in contrast to the older cat we are thinking he might be depressed.
He doesnt seem phased by the kitten either, The kitten will jump past him, swat him on the head and run away...he doesnt even get up for that.
The kitten will play on the floor in front of him and he pays no attention.
So what can we do? Cat is probably depressed. We got him from a shelter a few years ago he is about 5 now he was in the shelter for almost a year and I felt bad for him so we adopted him. I dont know, I really dont think this is normal. He uses the litter box and all and he doesnt scratch furniture...but I dont think he is happy. We think he might have been abused. The shelter we got him from said he came in as a stray but was fixed and wasnt feral and they were pretty sure he was someones pet...maybe he misses his old family? Can we do anything to help him or should we just give up and never have a bond with him?
Summary: cat has no interest in people, exploration, treats, other cats, so forth...what to do what to do...