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Hide and seek with a cat.

Post by ---MIKE- » Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:17:47



Swazzie is still hiding but keeps changing her hiding place.  She did
eat some of her food and used the litter boxes for both pee and poop.  I
haven't found her yet today and I have looked everywhere (obviously
almost everywhere!)

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

 
 
 

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Post by Mary » Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:41:52



Swazzie is still hiding but keeps changing her hiding place.  She did
eat some of her food and used the litter boxes for both pee and poop.  I
haven't found her yet today and I have looked everywhere (obviously
almost everywhere!)

---MIKE---

~~~~~~~~~~~~
She really should be confined to one room until she becomes comfortable in
her new home.  That would also avoid problems such as this.

MaryL

 
 
 

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Post by jmcquow » Mon, 08 Apr 2013 01:13:36



Quote:
> Swazzie is still hiding but keeps changing her hiding place.  She did
> eat some of her food and used the litter boxes for both pee and poop.  I
> haven't found her yet today and I have looked everywhere (obviously
> almost everywhere!)

> ---MIKE---

> In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
> (44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

Give her time, she'll show up.  She's just getting used to her new home
and her new papa.  That she's eating and using the box is a very good sign.

Jill

--
Have a good day unless you have other plans

 
 
 

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Post by ---MIKE- » Mon, 08 Apr 2013 03:32:00


I finally found her.  Using a three step ladder and a mirror, I found
her behind my furnace.  I'm surprised the noise hasn't scared her out of
there.  It would take a small child to reach her.  

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

 
 
 

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Post by Joy » Mon, 08 Apr 2013 03:59:12



I finally found her.  Using a three step ladder and a mirror, I found
her behind my furnace.  I'm surprised the noise hasn't scared her out of
there.  It would take a small child to reach her.

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

***

Cats are good at finding hiding places.  I know it's natural to want to know
where she is, but I suspect she'll stop hiding sooner if you stop hunting
her out.  Several of my cats have spent most of their time hiding for the
first couple of weeks.  After that, as long as they don't feel threatened,
they usually start exploring.

Joy

 
 
 

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Post by Divamanq » Mon, 08 Apr 2013 03:59:04


Quote:



> Swazzie is still hiding but keeps changing her hiding place.  She did
> eat some of her food and used the litter boxes for both pee and poop.  I
> haven't found her yet today and I have looked everywhere (obviously
> almost everywhere!)

> ---MIKE---

> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
> She really should be confined to one room until she becomes comfortable
> in her new home.  That would also avoid problems such as this.

> MaryL

Some of us don't have the luxury of that many separate rooms!  (I have a
small one-bedroom apartment - the only closeable doors, other than the
one leading outdoors, are to the bedroom and bathroom, neither of which
would be practical as a place of confinement.)  Anyway, if Swazzie is an
only cat, why not allow her freedom to explore all of her new
surroundings?  So long as she is eating and using the litterbox, it's
only a matter of time until she feels secure enough to make friends -
let her do so at her own speed.
 
 
 

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Post by Mary » Mon, 08 Apr 2013 08:21:17



Quote:



> Swazzie is still hiding but keeps changing her hiding place.  She did
> eat some of her food and used the litter boxes for both pee and poop.  I
> haven't found her yet today and I have looked everywhere (obviously
> almost everywhere!)

> ---MIKE---

> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
> She really should be confined to one room until she becomes comfortable in
> her new home.  That would also avoid problems such as this.

> MaryL

Some of us don't have the luxury of that many separate rooms!  (I have a
small one-bedroom apartment - the only closeable doors, other than the
one leading outdoors, are to the bedroom and bathroom, neither of which
would be practical as a place of confinement.)  Anyway, if Swazzie is an
only cat, why not allow her freedom to explore all of her new
surroundings?  So long as she is eating and using the litterbox, it's
only a matter of time until she feels secure enough to make friends -
let her do so at her own speed.

~~~~~~~~~~
Yes, that's true, and I certainly accept that.  However, Mike was talking
about searching in various areas for her.  He also has another cat, Tiger,
and that's one of the reasons I have recommended trying to find a way to
keep Swazzie in a separate room.  If Swazzie is in a separate room for
awhile, Mike would know where she is and could more easily monitor her food
and water.  I lived in a one-bedroom apartment when I got my first cat,
years ago.  I did use my bedroom for awhile, but that might not work for
everyone.  I think he may be worrying too much about what is probably normal
behavior for a lot of cats when they are first taken into a new home.  Even
though Tiger does not seem to be disturbed, Swazzie will certainly be aware
of his presence (and the new hoomin) and may still be nervous about her new
environment.

MaryL

 
 
 

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Post by Takayuk » Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:39:29




Quote:
>Swazzie is still hiding but keeps changing her hiding place.  She did
>eat some of her food and used the litter boxes for both pee and poop.  I
>haven't found her yet today and I have looked everywhere (obviously
>almost everywhere!)

It's always exciting to hear about a new cat. :) Of the four cats I've had,
the only one that didn't hide when I brought them home was Betty.
 
 
 

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Post by ---MIKE- » Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:24:39


I finally got Swazzie out from behind the furnace and  blocked access to
that room with a "baby gate".  I closed the bunk room door so the only
place she can hide is under my bed.  If I get down on the floor and call
her, sometimes she will come to me so I can pet her  Her food dish
hasn't gone down much but she has used the litter box.

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

 
 
 

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Post by Mary » Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:39:10



I finally got Swazzie out from behind the furnace and  blocked access to
that room with a "baby gate".  I closed the bunk room door so the only
place she can hide is under my bed.  If I get down on the floor and call
her, sometimes she will come to me so I can pet her  Her food dish
hasn't gone down much but she has used the litter box.

---MIKE---

~~~~~~~~~
Mike, can you spend some time in the room with her but just sit quietly
instead of getting on the floor to look at her?  Put some nice "smelly" food
in a bowl close to you, roll a ball gently around, use a feather on a stick
to attract her attention without making her feel that you are forcing it.
The fact that she sometimes comes out so you can pet her is a good sign of
progress.

MaryL

 
 
 

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Post by ---MIKE- » Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:32:48


Swazzie is slowly coming out of her shell.  When I ask her she will get
up on my bed for lovin.  Last night she got on my bed shortly after I
fell asleep.  The only problem is she hasn't eaten anything for several
days.  I put down her Science Diet (what they fed her at the shelter),
Wellness, Evo, a little deli turkey and catnip.  She hasn't touched any
of it.

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

 
 
 

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Post by Divamanq » Thu, 11 Apr 2013 03:40:52


Quote:

> Swazzie is slowly coming out of her shell.  When I ask her she will get
> up on my bed for lovin.  Last night she got on my bed shortly after I
> fell asleep.  The only problem is she hasn't eaten anything for several
> days.  I put down her Science Diet (what they fed her at the shelter),
> Wellness, Evo, a little deli turkey and catnip.  She hasn't touched any
> of it.

> ---MIKE---

> In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
> (44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

Could she be getting into your other cat's dish and eating there?  What
about hunting her own dinner?
 
 
 

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Post by ---MIKE- » Fri, 12 Apr 2013 03:04:18


There are several different kinds of food in dishes under the edge of
the bed.  Tiger is fed upstairs and usually cleans his dishes so I doubt
if Shazzie is getting any of his food.  She must be eating a little
because there was a poop in the litter box this morning.

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

 
 
 

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Post by jmcquow » Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:19:38



Quote:


>> There are several different kinds of food in dishes under the edge of
>> the bed.  Tiger is fed upstairs and usually cleans his dishes so I doubt
>> if Shazzie is getting any of his food.  She must be eating a little
>> because there was a poop in the litter box this morning.

>> ---MIKE---

>> In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
>> (44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

> That's really good news!!

> Now she's stating to eat I'm sure she'll eat properly soon.

> Judith

Yep, very good news.  Patience, grasshopper. :)  Swazzie will settle in.
  She's adapting.  It will just take a little time.

Jill

 
 
 

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Post by ---MIKE- » Sat, 13 Apr 2013 05:21:20


To set the record straight - Her name is SPAZZIE.  The other spellings
were my fault.  Last night she slept on my bed most of the night.  This
morning she wandered upstairs and jumped up on the sofa next to me and
cuddled.  Tiger saw this but did nothing.  She is a real love bug.  I
still don't see any indication that she is eating but I still see some
poops in the litter box.  I reduced the amount of Science Diet kibbles
in the bowl to 30.  Tomorrow I will count them again to see if she ate
any.

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')