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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-01-2005, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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2 year old male cat afraid of new ceiling fan

I had a full house with family visiting and took advantage of my brother being in town and had him put up a new ceiling fan. My cat Bam Bam is terrified of it. He hid behind our couch all day and when I finally coached him out from behind the couch and took him into my bedroom he had a fit when I walked under the new fan. At this point I did not know it was the fan he was afraid of.

He stayed in my bedroom all night and didn't even come out in the morning to eat. He would get as far as my front door and see the fan and run back under the bed. Now he is hiding in my closet and won't come out. I've moved his food and liter box into the bedroom since he won't come out at all. I tried carrying him and comforting him into the room, but he just runs back into the bedroom.

Any suggestions on how to make him for comfortable? His sister Pebbles is usually the skittish one, but she's fine with the fan. However, he is not swayed by her bravery.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-01-2005, 09:02 PM
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Is the fan on when he sees it? If so, you may try leaving it off for a while. If its off... well then just keep it off until he gets used to it?

Ignore it. Don't pay it any attention and eventually he'll see that its nothing to worry about. Give him lots of love and attention wherever he is, and eventually coax him out with treats or his favorite food or something and continue to love on him.

With time, he'll forget its there.

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The fan is off. In fact, he hasn't even seen it on. He's just scared of something new.

I'm hoping he'll just get bored of being in the bedroom and finally venture out.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-01-2005, 10:42 PM
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Assumpta was terrified of moving celing fans when she came to us (for some reason, the people who built the house thought they needed a fan in every single room ). It's really scary for a lot of cats to see strange moving things over their heads, I think it's because they tend to think of territory in more vertical terms than we do (whoever's higher up wins). Also, it looks amazingly like big flapping wings if you're only a foot tall, and what cat wouldn't be afraid of that?

I just left mine off until she got comfortable being in the same room, then started having play sessions under them, then played under them while my husband slowly turned the blades, and gradually, she got used to them (though she still spazzes a little if we turn one on after a long time of not using them). See if you can try playing with him, and gradually coax him closer to the room with the fan in it, until he's comfortable being in the same room with it. I think he'll get over it eventually, but you might need to be creative in distracting and amusing him until he decides it won't "get" him....and you might need "refresher" lessons in the summer.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2005, 10:06 AM
 
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Vequi doesn't have a choice of being afraid of ceilling fans. I have one on each room as well as the living room and dining room. I use them almost constantly so she got used to them. The first day, she would stare at the darn thing for a long time, now, it's like the fans aren't there for her.

Make sure there is no way for your cat to climb onto the fan!
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Okay. I'm on day four of Bam Bam refusing to come out of my bedroom. He is still terrified of our new ceiling fan in the living room. We do not have it on, he's just afraid of the fan while its still.

I was able to coax him out one day by tempting him w/wet cat food, getting him to the back porch where he usually eats, but he ran back into the bedroom after a couple of bites.

I tried playing with him. He gets to the doorway, but won't budge on going any further.

His sister is keeping him company all day long in my room, but I don't know what else I can do to help him get over his fright. He is his normal self in my room, but as soon as he gets to the doorway he becomes so timid and afraid of the fan he runs back into the room.

Has anyone else had something like this happen? If so, how long did it last? I have thought about brining him out of the room and closing the door so he can't get back in, but I think he would just hide under the couch or other furniture.

Any suggestions are welcome!!
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This may sound harsh... but what if you simply close him out of your room? He's obviously made himself very comfortable in there and has good company and play time... so he sees no reason to leave!

I think if he's forced into the area, he'll get over his fear much faster. He'll probably hide under the couch for a little while... but when he sees that his sister is playing just fine with the evil fan above her head, he'll come around.

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^ Ecellent!
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-05-2005, 11:39 AM
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Yeah, that may be best. If there's a treat he goes nuts for (like turkey lunch meat), offer it to him just out of sight of the fan, then keep moving closer bit by bit. Playing is good, too, letting him decide where...if you can get him to play while he hides under the couch, it will help, a little bit at a time.

He sure sounds like he's spooked...did anything else happen while you had that houseful of people that might have scared him? Just thinking it might be a combination of things instead of just the ceiling fan.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-05-2005, 01:08 PM
 
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WOW....I feel kinda bad for your cat.....what the heck is gonna happen when you turn it on???
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