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Why is my cat so jumpy

Why is my cat so jumpy

Why is my cat so jumpy?

I just got a 6 month old male cat and I was wondering why he is so jumpy? He really doesn't like the carrier and when I put him in it he goes in and cowers and when I put him in the back of my car he won't even try to get out. He does like to watch movies so I've got that to go to. Does anybody know why he acts like this?

i do think that it is a social issue. it's hard to tell until you introduce the kitten to some of your other cats. try leaving the door open and when the kitten is playing with his or her littermates, close the door. slowly work your way back in and let the cat explore a bit first. if you introduce them in one room and expect them to know the other room, well, it may take time.

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i do think that it is a social issue. it's hard to tell until you introduce the kitten to some of your other cats. try leaving the door open and when the kitten is playing with his or her littermates, close the door. slowly work your way back in and let the cat explore a bit first. if you introduce them in one room and expect them to know the other room, well, it may take time.

I would imagine that it has to do with not getting used to his surroundings or someone else in his environment. I am not sure what you mean when you say close the door. Do you mean that the door to the other room is closed?

Maybe he needs to be introduced gradually to other things like scratching posts, scratching surfaces and toys. Things that are safe for him to try and get comfortable with. Like the catnip toys, scratching posts etc. Once he is comfortable with these toys he can be introduced to the carrier as he will naturally be drawn to explore his surroundings (I hope).

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Originally Posted by ajm

I would imagine that it has to do with not getting used to his surroundings or someone else in his environment. I am not sure what you mean when you say close the door. Do you mean that the door to the other room is closed?

I had the same problem with my cat when we first brought him home. Once he was comfortable in the house I just closed the door to our bedroom and he was fine.

I would imagine that it has to do with not getting used to his surroundings or someone else in his environment. I am not sure what you mean when you say close the door. Do you mean that the door to the other room is closed?

I had the same problem with my cat when we first brought him home. Once he was comfortable in the house I just closed the door to our bedroom and he was fine.

So there are two ways to approach this:

1. Give up all hope of having him stay in a pet carrier.

2. Get him used to a pet carrier.

Well as you can see we would need to give up all hope as we just started out with him... so we went for the 2nd approach....

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I'm not worried about a cage as I will keep it in the garage and if he gets into it it will be fine....

So we went for the cage option. We used the cat carrier and made it like he is in a play pen in the garage. He likes it there and has been hanging out there for the past few days and nights. It is keeping him contned for his own safety and well being (and mine and DH's!).

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Thanks for your help! It looks like I have to have a surgical procedure. I will be back... please leave me some kind words.

Thanks for your help! It looks like I have to have a surgical procedure. I will be back... please leave me some kind words.

I'm not worried about a cage as I will keep it in the garage and if he gets into it it will be fine....

I am glad that you mentioned keeping it in the garage. That was exactly what I told them to do and he has been in there for about 8-10 hours and hasn't tried to get out, so I think it is working.

I didn't want to get rid of him.

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Thanks for your help! It looks like I have to have a surgical procedure. I will be back... please leave me some kind words.

I'm not worried about a cage as I will keep it in the garage and if he gets into it it will be fine....

I am glad that you mentioned keeping it in the garage. That was exactly what I told them to do and he has been in there for about 8-10 hours and hasn't tried to get out, so I think it is working.

I didn't want to get rid of him.

There's still an outside chance of a future problem. We aren't home right now. We don't have any cats at home, but we might get a new kitten. If the kitten does escape and finds him, there is a chance that he will act like he wants to play and the kitten will get him excited so he'll try to bite/break out.

Thanks for the concern though. We are fine and he seems to be in great spirits. He has been able to have a little bit of room and not be piled up on the couch, but now he is pretty much in the same spot for the night.

There's still an outside chance of a future problem. We aren't home right now. We don't have any cats at home, but we might get a new kitten. If the kitten does escape and finds him, there is a chance that he will act like he wants to play and the kitten will get him excited so he'll try to bite/break out.

Thanks for the concern though. We are fine and he seems to be in great spirits. He has been able to have a little bit of room and not be piled up on the couch, but now he is pretty much in the same spot for the night.

Is the vet giving you any advice on a surgical procedure for the problem you are having?

Thanks for the concern though. We are fine and he seems to be in great spirits. He has been able to have a little bit of room and not be piled up on the couch, but now he is pretty much in the same spot for the night.

I know what you are going through.


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