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3/23/12 1:24 P

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Glad to hear it - thanks for the update!


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3/23/12 9:59 A

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Good to hear!

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3/23/12 8:18 A

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Clyde is back! He came upstairs last night and he seems to be his old self. We are so happy. He doesn't seem to have lost a beat and isn't avoiding any area in particular, so whatever spooked him has apparently worked its way out of his system. Thanks for all your support, everyone!

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3/20/12 8:11 P

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After the earthquake here a few months ago, my cat spent a good week under the bed. I was at work, so she was alone. I was worried she was even getting water and eating. But, I gave her treats (yes, I held them for her under the bed) and lured her to food with wet food, but I let her stay there till she was comfortable coming back out.

I thinks this will eventually happen with Clyde.

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3/20/12 8:36 A

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My friend has a dog and a cat who get along well. Her brother visited over Christmas with his two kids and two big dogs who are not used to cats. The cat moved into the basement and is still there, almost three months later.
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She doesn't appear scared to come upstairs, just more comfy where she is. But she is an older cat and set in her ways. I'm sure Clyde will be back with his family soon. My own cat came from the SPCA a little over a year ago and has changed from being scared and hiding all the time, to the undisputed queen of the house - bosses the dog as well as the humans.


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3/20/12 4:38 A

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Oh poor sweet baby I am sure in time he will come around.

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3/19/12 8:04 P

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Thank you, everyone. I spent some quality time with Clyde today and he was quite friendly, but I didn't try to pick him up at all, just let him have his space. His sister spends time with him in the basement, too. Hopefully he will come around in a little while, but it's helpful to know that this isn't completely unheard-of behavior in cats. They are really sensitive little creatures!

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3/19/12 1:17 P

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Chaos Shadow is upset by change. Every time we get new furnishings or move old ones around, he avoids the area for a couple weeks at least. We we remodeled the kitchen it was over a month before he would enter without running. I believe if your cat isn't injured, it will come around in good time.







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Keep up the cuddles but don't force him upstairs yet. the idea of moving his bowl towards the goal is a good one. Just don't let him isolate himself too long. Hugs

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3/19/12 9:57 A

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Poor guy. Wish I had some good advice but I don't. Hope he gets over it soon.

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3/19/12 8:25 A

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Poor kitty! I think what you're doing is fine and he'll come back upstairs when he's ready. If you want to lure him out of the basement, try baby steps, e.g. move his bowl towards the spot where you want to feed him a few inches each day. And reward him whenever he does come out on his own; treats or cuddles, whatever he likes. He'll get over his scare eventually.


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3/19/12 7:04 A

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Hi all,
Our 1-y.o. indoor kitty Clyde (brother to Bonnie) has been hiding out, more or less, in our basement and one room, the den, upstairs (though he seems to be sticking to the basement more the past couple of days). He is normally very social and friendly. A few days ago he got spooked about something (not sure what) and started to climb a gate we had up to keep the cats out of our living room, which came crashing down VERY noisily. For a little while he hid out in a bedroom (overnight) but when I picked him up and brought him out to the kitchen, he bolted into the den. A couple of days later I tried to bring him into the kitchen just to show him all was well (we had removed the gate), but he became tense and dug into my shoulder, so I brought him back to his comfort zone. Now I am feeding him in the basement. He is eating well, seems to be using the litter box fine, and allows me to pet him when he comes out to eat, but I'm concerned. Has anyone else had this happen? Should I just let him be, the way I'm doing now, just checking on him a couple of times a day and making sure he has food and water? He doesn't seem to be sick or injured. Thanks for any wisdom/experience you can share!

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