Posted by: Carol | 2008/01/30

Problem with traumatized cat

I would be so grateful if you could help me. I have a problem
with one of my cats. We got him by a friend of my husband when he was
about 6 weeks old, but unfortunately the previous owners often teased and
mishandled the cat, pulling his tail and kicking him, and as a result he
became very traumatized and afraid of all humans. We have showered him
with love and affection, and on rare occassions he let's you stroke him,
but generally he doesn't like anyone touching him. He runs away if anybody
comes near him, especially strangers. We have had him for about two years
now and his behaviour hasn't changed. He spends most of the time indoors.
I have asked my veterinarian about his behaviour and was told that we
could give him medication to calm him, but that it would be very expensive
in the long run because we would have to give it to him every day for the
rest of his life. I am not in a position to afford such expensive
medication, since I am currently unemployed, but I do want the best for my
cat and don't know what else to do. I really want to help my cat overcome
his fear of human beings, even us - who he has known for quite some time
now. He doesn't like you stroking his back or even picking him up. If you
come around a corner, he goes into a panic and on the few occassions that
I have managed to catch him and pick him up, his heart is pounding and
it's almost as if he is getting a panic attack. Please help me with advice
on what to do with my cat.

Many thanks

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Feliway vapourizer will be the best in this case. Unfortunately it is not cheap but been shown to be very effective. install one where the cat spends most of its time and within 3 weeks you should see a marked difference in behaviour.

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Posted by: Blaah | 2008/01/31

I agree with Carol
go back to basics
re-tame him

Shame poor thing
it took me a while to be able to tame Psycho completely
but in the end it was worth it
remember cats are born wild and we tame then in time

Psycho was four months when we got him and we had him for three years
certain things never changed like you could never touch his tummy or brush him and you could only pick him up on his terms and only for a little while or he would tell you such stories

he never really got over his fear of strange people, but he trusted us eventually

good luck

Reply to Blaah
Posted by: Carol | 2008/01/30

I wonder if one had to go back to basics with him and behave as if he is feral and gradually gain his trust that way ????

Im not sure but it could work.

Confine him to a room , and spend time with him , let him eat form your hands etc with him .. do all of this in a gentle non threatening manner ... when you speak to him blink , speak softly etc.

Its quite a procedure but lets see what the other people say and then I can give you the whole "story"

I have tamed feral cats it might be worth a try

Reply to Carol
Posted by: Sheryl | 2008/01/30

Hi Carol

A lot of people on this site have had good results with
a product called feliway. Ask your vet about this - also
search it on google.

Good Luck

Reply to Sheryl
Posted by: Yo | 2008/01/30

Hi Carol, Shame that is a very sad story, you must be going through hell.
Have you tried catnip on him?

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