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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-12-2011, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Kitten secluding himself and crying

I know...sounds horrible
I have 2 cats a 1.5 year old tabby, Dexter, I've had for over a year and the youngest 6month old ,Charlie, I've had since he was about 8weeks old. Charlie is much more vocal than Dexter but lately I'll hear him meowing and I'll find him in the bathroom laying on the rug. I don't get it. It's been happening for the last 2 weeks. He's much different than Dexter. Dexter loves to cuddle and be around us. Charlie also cuddles but only when he wants to haha. Do you think it's normal for him to do this? When i go check on him in the bathroom he will cry some more I pet him and he's fine. Then a few hours will go by and he will be crying in the bathroom again. Do you think he just wants more attention. Thanks!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-12-2011, 03:04 AM
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This might sound weird, but my cats (especially Pumpkin) will cry to spend time with me in the bathroom. They REALLY like the bathroom rugs, and will even nurse on it. Could it be that Charlie just wants some one on one time with you, and he knows that you will come running if he is loud enough?
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 10:04 AM
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Cats can't talk a language we can understand and when odd behaviour starts, I like to rule out medical problems. Gently palpate areas to see if there is anywhere that is tender. Is he eating normally? Is he drinking normal quantities of water? Is his litter box routine still routine? Any larger clumps in the box? Is the feces normal?

I had a cat for nineteen years that used meowing as a game. He'd sit on the stairwell and meow like he was hurt. We duck our head around to check and he would give us a right hook and run off! ... Tag your it! Or he would sit in the bathtub and sing opera. But this was normal behaviour that lasted 17 of the 19 years I had him.

Listen to the Meow, is it a "I'm in pain", "I'm bored", or as Mischief would do, the musical "I'm looking for trouble" Meow.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 12:34 PM
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Chances are the first time he did it you dropped everything and rushed to pet him, so now he knows what works.

Prince has lately started to make this heart-wrenching pitiful sound often. When I drop everything and rush to ask him what's wrong, he points at DaBird, the apt. door or the treats cabinet, whatever was on his mind. I think he may have picked up on it that it is that specific sound he makes that gets me dropping everything and running to him with 100% attention and willingness to try anything. Hahaha. I know he made a sound like this the day he almost had a heat stroke, and I pampered him for days after that.

Never underestimate the need for a vet checkup, but don't underestimate cats' masterful art of manipulation either.

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