Neufi, one of my two 13 month old brothers, freaked himself out the other day in the early morning, jumping out of the laundry bin in the bedroom closet, maybe getting a claw stuck on something (? I was half asleep), getting all caught up in the rug that slips around the hard wood floor, and finally getting out of the room in a terrorized kind of a fury. This was 6 days ago. I have NO idea what caused it, but since it happened, Neufi does NOT want to come back into the bedroom. Since he was a kitten, he has not yet slept even one night apart from his brother or from me. Now - he's scared to death of this space. He's not at all scared of me or Tino his brother - just of this bedroom. He cries overnight, alone in the other rooms, because Tino sleeps with me, as usual. It's heartbreaking, but he won't come in! I carried him in gently once and he stiffened up and did the kitty-high-alert thing, running out immediately when I put him down. I try to coax him in with treats - he will come far enough to grab them and then run out to chomp them up. I talk to him sweetly when he sits at the door looking in. I throw his favorite toys on the bed for him to chase, but he dares not go after them. It seems it's really the bed and the closet that are the most threatening to him, I just cannot figure out why. At the time of the ordeal, his brother Tino (the alpha) followed suit, freaked out, and also fled the room. But Tino got over it in 5 minutes. To my knowledge, there's nothing differently scented in the room, and there is no other foreign object that wasn't there before the fated morning. I would normally assume there's a threatening scent that's keeping him at bay, but the strongest scents in here have got to be my own and Tino's, which should be welcoming (when I'm in the living room, both cats are all over me, and the guys play and groom each other as usual). I am at a total loss. Anyone have any ideas?
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10/28/05 at 10:21pm