I found a cat in the sand dunes where someone left him and his brother for dead. The cat I kept (the other went to a friend's home) seems to have some mental issues?! I can understand being traumatized from being left in the wild for at least one or more nights and I have no idea what his life was like before that but he appears to be getting worse not better. He was approx. 3 months old when I found him. I introduced him into a home with a miniature yorkshire terrier and he seemed to be okay at first. One day he got out of the house and came back scared of our dog. He tenses up, curls into a ball, and mews when you touch him or pick him up. This has continued inconsistently and at weird times. One minute he is walking around rubbing on your leg and the next he is curled in a ball, tense, and trying to hide. The other day he got stuck in a rock wall outside our house (for I don't know how many hours before I went looking for him because he hadn't come home). I was able to get him out and he appeared unhurt but is now hiding and acting more scared than before. It seems even the littlest things set him into this odd behavior. I am hoping someone may have an idea as to what may calm him or help him overcome these issues. It is quite depressing to see him like this and not know how to help him. Is he neurotic? Missing a few brain cells? Or normal with some trauma? Could this be a sign of hurt or injury? He doesn't cry so I don't know if he is hurt or not. Help! My boyfriend says I am more traumatized than him! I just want him to be happy.
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1/19/07 at 3:56pm