Originally Posted by Pearla
Though I'm really concerned that Zion may have a behavior problem...
He panted again today, for no apparent reason. I moved my room around a little and it seemed as though he was bothered by that. He started getting really EXCITED, hiding then running to attack me! I was a little scared, I never seen him like this before. Then he started to pant...
Zion has been acting strage all day today.
He has been hiding for over 5 hours now. He is under my bed and won't get out. I have had guests over for the past 2 weeks, and he was fine with it.
Now it's like hes scared again!???
ARE THESE SYMPTOMS OF A BEHAVIOR DISORDER!??
I hope not.
I'm very worried..
PS: he always attacks me, NOT in a playful manner
It sounds to me as if you have a very anxious kitty, not a behaviour disorder really, more like a personality trait. The attacking you could well be redirected aggression - where something has made him afraid and he attacks you because he can't physically do anything about the percieved 'threat'.
If you have a search on the behaviour forums and on the TCS main site you will find plenty of articles and threads giving great advice about how to deal with aggressive behaviour.
But if your cat is that easily stressed and frightened, the best thing you can do is to keep his environment the same, and to maintain strict adherence to routines - because it's better to avoid him feeling that way in the first place. No more car rides except if they are necessary (such as to the vet), see if you can have a vet do home visits instead of taking him to them, try not to move the furniture round, feed him in the same place at the same times every day, and provide him with plenty of safe places to hide - cardboard boxes or tent-style cat beds, accessible nooks in bookcases, that sort of thing. And if he feels he needs to hide, just let him do so until he
feels its safe to come out, don't try to get him to come out of hiding
All cats are much happier if they have no changes in their environment and routines, and it's especially important for a naturally nervous kitty.