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Strange behaviour ( Cat )

bubbles007
June 9th, 2008, 02:43 AM
Hi all, I just joined, looks like there are alot of pet experts on here so hopefully I can get some help.

I have a 3 1/2 yr old orange tabby. I adopted him a little over a year ago from a shelter. He is mainly an indoor cat, but I let him out almost every night for 1-2 hours.

Over-all a great cat but he has some quirks. Anyway whenever I go to the door without fail he follows me and tries to get out, and when I get home he's normally by the door and unless i block him he will run out. Well today when i got home, I opened the door and he would not go out! I even opened the door wide open for him, and he would still just stand at the edge. My landlord did call a maintenance guy over to fix our A/C while I was out, but I cant think of anything that would cause this. Any ideas out there?

Also what is a good inexpensive cat food? He's currently on Nutriscience original, and a tin of wet now and then (although hes not a big fan of wet food). Is this fine?

Thanks in advance!

P.S. here are some pics of Oscar :)

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/maniac_316/CA4T4LCZ.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/maniac_316/oscar1.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/maniac_316/oscar2.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/maniac_316/oscar3.jpg

TacoGrl
June 9th, 2008, 10:35 AM
What a good looking cat :thumbs up

As for the behavior change, I know my Mooki acts odd when a stranger comes in when I am not home...the regular maint guy doesn't affect her this way though...she has known Jim for a few years and he plays with her a lot, but if someone else comes in, she acts funny when I get home.

On the other hand, Mooki used to be an outdoor cat, but when I adopted her, I have kept her inside except for the balcony...in the beginning, she used to spring for the door and then she just stopped doing that...she barely goes onto the balcony now if it is not warm out...I think maybe when they start to feel comfotable/content, they want to hang out with their people more?

joeysmama
June 9th, 2008, 10:11 PM
I know it's tempting to let them out to enjoy the nice weather but it's pretty dangerous outdoors for kitties. They can get hurt in a number of ways and even become prey for larger animals.

My neighbors have two cats. They take them out on a leash and it works out really well !! The cats get plenty of fresh air with their people and they sometimes spend a good long time outside with them when they're working in the yard or sitting on the deck. They just make sure that they stay on the leash and in their sight.

tatiana1
June 10th, 2008, 05:55 PM
What a beautiful boy! He looks a lot like my Vladimir. I agree. It is dangerous for cats outside but I know once they are outside there is no keeping them in. I have 7 and none of them have ever been outside (since they were with Mama Kitty). They will not go outside. One day my son did not close the door tight when he left for school and I came home many hours later to find the front door wide open and all my cats sitting in the foyer staring outside like "what in the world!". Maybe yours is just enjoying the air conditioning!

bubbles007
June 11th, 2008, 04:14 PM
Thanks for the replys, well he's started to gingerly go back out. Although he still seems a little spooked, could just be the AC unit humming away.

Yeah I guess its not the best idea to let him out on his own, but I do feel fairly safe about it, when he hears the door opening he runs back inside after he's been out for awhile, and he stick very close to the house.

One of those quirks I mentioned is that you can actually walk him! I've taken him for 30 min long walks in the neiborhood. He will just walk along side, or if he gets distracted and lags behing, a few seconds later he will sprint to catch up. I suppose I could do this more often... :thumbs up

P.S. any thoughts on the food?

phoozles
June 11th, 2008, 04:34 PM
Re: the food, it would be best to try and get him to eat exclusively wet food if you can. Frankly, any wet food is better for him than any dry food you serve him. Plus, it looks like he might have a few pounds to lose - you can do this easily with wet food - trust me, it happened with my 'big boned' guy too!

Check out this website for details about why and how to feed wet food, written by a vet: www.catinfo.org

And here's the link (http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=51802&highlight=jake+weight) to show you before and after pictures of my guy since I've thrown away the dry food..

Good luck! :thumbs up

bubbles007
July 1st, 2008, 01:35 PM
Thanks for the link, alot of great info there. Oscar is currently at about 50/50 dry/wet food.

Surprisingly some vets still recommend dry food only!

sugarcatmom
July 1st, 2008, 03:00 PM
Surprisingly some vets still recommend dry food only!

That's because most vets know very little about feline nutrition. And considering how much income they can generate for their clinics by pimping for Hill's/Purina/Medi-cal/Royal Canin, it's not really surprising. http://naturalcathealth.blogspot.com/2007/08/for-many-years-like-majority-of-pet.html

Do you eventually plan to go all wet with Oscar's diet?

bubbles007
July 3rd, 2008, 06:57 AM
I think I'll keep it where it is for now, I've switched to a better dry food called blue spa, which seems like it has more real meat and no by-products. It looks as though I am getting results already with this. Oscar's coat is much softer and fluffier.