Archer American Shorthair

Aloof vs. Snuggly: Hot & Cold Cat Behavior

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

 

What are characteristics of an aloof cat?

  • Makes appearances for meals but is rarely seen otherwise
  • Hides when guests arrive
  • Hops off your lap or out of your arms when you pick him or her up
  • Doesn’t adapt well to changes in routine

 

What are characteristics of a snuggly cat?

  • Climbs onto your lap when you sit down
  • Enjoys playing and tries to engage you in play
  • Warms up to guests quickly
  • Follows you around the house

 

Cats have a reputation for being standoffish. While some cats are inclined to be less affectionate than others, the majority desire interaction with their owners. If you can pinpoint the reasons behind an aloof cat’s behavior, you can then take steps toward improving his or her demeanor.

 

Reasons for aloof behavior in cats and possible solutions:

New home

Moving into a new home can be scary for cats. Everything is unfamiliar to them; hiding is often their way of coping. For a more peaceful move, make a point to unpack your cat’s items (pet bed, toys, food dish, etc.) immediately and arrange them in a familiar fashion. For example, if your cat slept in your bedroom at the old house, position his or her bed in your room in the new house as well. And don’t forget to take time out from unpacking to play and snuggle with Kitty!

Not Enough Time with You

Whether you’ve been working longer hours than usual or you just returned home from vacation, your cat may teach you a lesson by giving you the cold shoulder. Don’t fret! Kitty will come around as long as you spend a little extra time making amends through play and petting.

New baby

Imagine being the boss of the house and finding yourself suddenly replaced by a tiny creature in diapers! Given this perspective – your cat’s – it’s no wonder he or she has been reluctant to interact with you since the new baby arrived. Again, take time out for your cat daily so he or she still feels important to you. Keep your cat away from the baby initially to give everyone some space.

New Pet

Similar to a new baby, bringing a new pet into the house seems outrageous to your cat! Introduce your cat gradually to the new friend, and make it clear by your actions that your veteran cat is still a star. Ask your veterinarian for additional tips for bringing a new pet into the home.

Illness

If your cat is usually outgoing but begins to act reserved and detached with no clear explanation, he or she could be under the weather. Look for other clues, such as changes in eating patterns or lethargy. If you suspect he or she’s not feeling well, consult your veterinarian.

 

Finally, remember that some cats simply need less affection than others. But even a less sociable cat wants to be adored. Don’t we all?

 



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