Does your cat ever avoid you?

United States
July 31, 2008 1:08am CST
You know how much I love my cats. Well, EB, my female cat, has been avoiding me for over a week. And I've been so sad about it. Every time I went near her, she'd run away and hide. Guess she was in heat or something, cause she wouldn't sit in my lap. But last night she hopped up on my chair and wanted to cuddle. Right now, she is laying across my lap as I type. So happy to have my baby back! Does your cat ever avoid you? Or, get scared and run away when you try to get near?
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• Philippines
2 Aug 08
I grow up with a lot of cats in our house. They are very playful and always keep me happy when I am on stress or have problems. My favorite among them is Ming and she is very sweet, always sit on my lap, touching her head in my legs, and sleeps with me in bed (she does not have flea) . But sometimes she is not in a good mood and avoid me when I want to hold her. I understand her because animals, like humans, have feelings too. Maybe she was just tired, or feel lazy, or wanted to be alone.
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• United States
8 Sep 08
Oh that sounds too cute! My cat, EB loves to sleep on my bed too. She is a really good companion. She never runs from me. I guess the other ones get shy sometimes or want to be alone. Cats are very finicky. I don't know why.
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• Indonesia
3 Aug 08
Yup, my baby "Pious" has ever run away when I tried to get near and I don't know why. I'm so sad too but... I never give up to take care him. Hope he love me again someday and... he always come back to me.
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• United States
2 Aug 08
My cat always avoids me now! He has since I had my first child 7 years ago. Then he kind of got over it and along came my 2nd child! After that we had to get rid of our other cat who was a neurotic mess and started pooping all over the house. Once that happened, my other cat rarely comes around. He has since been permanently kicked outside for peeing on our carpet. I've had to cut out 2 sections of carpet - one on the stairwell and one in my bedroom - because of it. He's always been a problem with it, but I thought I had broken him of his habit up until the kids came. When I can afford to replace the carpet I really want to get a kitten that will grow up WITH my kids. They are now 7 & 4 so I think it's a perfect age to get one.
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
3 Aug 08
My youngest cat can be a little b*tch from time to time, out of no where she will hit me in the head sitting on a higher step of the staircase, scratch me when I tickle her tummy (while normally it's ok) or hide under my bed so I can't get her out of my room when I really need to get out fast. When she has days like this and she's just scratching and hitting me I can get pretty upset with her, to her it's a game but she can get carried away sometimes. Luckily after some time she allways come around and sit on my shoulder, cuddling my face by rubbing her head against my cheek with so much effort that she allmost falls of my shoulder. It's a good thing she has two different sides and both are so extreme otherwise there wouldn't be enough love to compensate the mad times she experiences from time to time... ouch .
• United States
6 Aug 08
That's too cute! My cats have their split personalities, too. Very loving and adorable. And then little hell cats. Lucky for me, they take their aggressions out on each other. And they just give me the lovin'!
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
6 Aug 08
That's a good thing, she does take it out on me... the person she loves most (?) . I'll just keep telling myself that so I won't stop loving her, haha ... cats are great! Thanks for denoting me best response!
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@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
31 Jul 08
i will be the saddest person in the world if they did that. i am very close to my cats and they want to be around me all the time. if i get home and they didn't come out to greet me, i'll suspect something is wrong. when i wake up and get ready for work, they'll follow me around until i leave home. the day that my babies decide to ignore me will be the saddest day in my life. the only time they try to avoid me is when they know it's bath time. at that time, they'll run like devil is after them and i'll have a hard time catching them. lol
• United States
31 Jul 08
Poor babies don't like water! That is certainly understandable. Once my big cat, Big Man was chasing his mate EB, around the house and EB ran into the bathroom and up onto the side of the tub and accidentally fell into the tub. I had been running some water for a bath. Lucky her, it was just room temperature. Didn't take her more than a second to scramble up out of the water. I saw the entire thing and was turning to move to help her, but she was so quick that she wasn't even in the water for five seconds. She never forgot her experience and has always been so shy around water. Not so for Big Man. He will come into the bathroom when I am taking a tub bath and put his paws up on the side of the tub and glare at me with those sad eyes, as if to say, "What the heck are you doing, Mommy!" He is so funny and the light of my life. He's like a child. Always looking out for me. He sounds the alarm when anything is wrong in the house. Thanks for talking to me about your cats. Always nice to meet another avid cat person.
• Singapore
6 Aug 08
awww poor EB, must be a really traumatising experience. my girl likes to follow me into the bathroom too. when i start to shower, she'd look at me with shock in her eyes. it's like she cannot believe i actually enjoy the water raining on my body. it's really funny how she wants to protect me from the water. cheers ;p
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I have 3 cats and yea sometimes one or another will avoid me for whatever reason. I have Miss Kitty, the mama, nobody knows her ryhme or reason for anything. Bubba who often gets dries dingle berries, so he avoids me in the bathroom where he often gets his butt washed. Sissy who "goes" in other places besides the cat box. She avoids me everywhere after she had a spanking. How soon she forgets. Mostly i just wait till they come to me.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
5 Aug 08
Miss Kitty and Sissy will drink from the facet in bathroom if i allow a small stream to run. Bubba was delayed in learning because of his fear of a butt bath. He learned by me leaving the room with the water still running.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
31 Jul 08
The only person that my male cat does not avoid most of time is my daughter. He will always let her pet him, but he does not really like anyone else. He will occasionally ask me to pet him, but for the most part I am just the lady that gives him food.
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• United States
31 Jul 08
Oh! That sounds like our kitten. For all intents, she is my daughter's cat and she doesn't really like to hang around me much. Course, with being said, she just jumped up next to me while I'm typing. Guess she was just curious.
• United States
31 Jul 08
only if the carrier comes out which equals vet. my black cat has a second sense for vet trips.he's a big scaredy.
• United States
8 Sep 08
Yeah, my big cat hates that carrier thing. He heads for the closet when he sees it! He's such a big baby.
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@philjas (1134)
• United States
31 Jul 08
I can honestly say that none of the cats I have currently do that. I've definitely had cats in the past that have, but the ones I have now all seem to really LIKE me, LOL. I don't know why. Usually cats have their touchy moods.
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• United States
31 Jul 08
The moods are very finicky!
• United States
31 Jul 08
I am an animal lover myself! My cats do that too sometimes. I makes me sad as well . I think sometimes they might be hot, tired, or in heat. I try to think that they are little fuzzy people too and can't help but have emotions and "not want to be bothered." Either way, I'm sure it soesn't have anything to do with her feeling towards you. Have a wonderful night!
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• United States
31 Jul 08
I was worried. She is usually very attached to me and acts clingy. And I don't mind that. I had thought maybe I'd hurt her feelings or something cause I don't let her sleep on my bed anymore. She has a couple fleas!
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
When mommy Teddy gave birth to three kittens and I started playing with the kittens, my cat Paborito (Teddy's brother) avoided me for a few days because my attention suddenly went to the kittens. But when the kittens started coming to him, he was able to adjust, and now all of us are "living happily ever after."
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@mands61123 (2098)
13 Aug 08
my oldest cat pleases herself all the time but the yongest follows me everywhere always close whatever room i go in she follows. She sleeps next to the computer when i'm on here so sweet. When i went away to visit friends i was away approx 2 weeks and when i came back she completely ignored me and sat with my partner all the time. if she was in the same room she would turn her back to me. It took her about a week to forgive me and i had to do plenty of grovelling but my pets are my babies so it's worth it. I'd be devastated if she left me for two weeks
@union6 (326)
31 Jul 08
my mate has a cat and it avoids him most of the day but when ever i go round there with a few mates the cat always jumps up on my lap and ignores everyone eles lol i have no idea what it is about me it likes lol
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
31 Jul 08
ok is your cat a boy or girl?
@union6 (326)
1 Aug 08
lol im not sure, i think my mate said it was a boy
• United States
6 Aug 08
Boy cats are good about the avoidance game. They usually bond with one person for life. And noone else. My spouse has a hard time getting close to my big male cat.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
31 Jul 08
We had to find another home for our cat recently. But when she lived here avoidance was a specialty. Under the bed was a favorite spot. Right where she couldn't be reached. Another favorite was in the closet. Never knew what would set her off. Glad you have her back.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
31 Jul 08
oh you have to make sure your not wearing perfume when you go to pick them up some times if you have perfume on they will run a way or if you have sprayed an air freshener they dont like the will run.
• Canada
27 Jul 09
My cat likes to play favourites with my husband and I, depending on what mood he's in. Sometimes he'll cling to me, sometimes he'll cling to my husband, sometimes he'll go between the two of us spending equal time with each of us, other times he'll hide somewhere, not caring about us at all.
@hezoid (2148)
1 Aug 08
Nope, never. Sometimes she tries to ignore us, she does that psychological thing where she thinks if she ignores us she'll get more attention in the long run. Sometimes she runs away from you but only to try and get you to chase her and play with her. My cat is a very loving cat who loves to be fussed.
• United States
1 Aug 08
I used to have a lot of cats to play with at my mother's house. When I left her house to live in an apartment, my cats flee away from my mother's house. I felt like all my cats are no longer a part my life, because they all became wild and never to return. I really miss having my cats.
@ruby222 (4848)
1 Aug 08
My daughter says that cats are a law unto themselves,and that her cat can sometimes appear hostile towards her,but at other times then she is very loving,if the youngster,my grandson is about then she stays in hiding lol and I dont blame her one little bit,but maybe she just likes her mum all to herself,and why shouldnt she once in a while!
@alpha7 (1910)
• France
1 Aug 08
I don't have one, but i think they can sense things and react to what they feel.
• Malaysia
1 Aug 08
hello, sometime my cat when she was in heat no come at home maybe around 1 week, or if come just eat and run away :)