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Why is my cat so skittish all of a sudden?

Why is my cat so skittish all of a sudden? I have the most wonderful male kitten (~7 months) Just got him neutered about a month ago. It was me and him living alone he would follow me everywhere and be so excited when I came home from work, now we moved into a way bigger house (about a month ago) with 2 other female roommates..who absolutely love him. He is lovable and will let you pick him up, play with him, cuddle, anything. But all of a sudden he is very skittish. He wont let you pet him with out him kind of shying away or just running away. He doesnt cuddle as much, and always wants to get down when you pick him up. Seems he is always on the go This isnt always but 90% of the time. His paws were bleeding and I took him to the vet about 2 weeks ago, they gave him a long lasting steroid and it cleared the paws up. But I have no idea why he is acting this way all of a sudden almost a complete 360. Could it be the bigger house? Any help?

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Derek, I love animals with all of my heart, so I'm hurting with you over your cat and I'm hurting terribly with him. It most definitely could be the size of the house and the new roommates. You say you got him neutered about a month ago & also say the same thing about that's the time you moved into a way bigger house. Cats' personalities CAN change just a little, not always, after they neutered or spayed. But for those of these things to happen at the same time was a tremendous thing for him. And the huge house really being the main thing. Plus he was used to only being with you - not used to sharing you. But again, at 7 months old, when you go from small to huge, that's an awful lot of space to "get lost" in. If a cat's really curious and outgoing, fine. But that's not what you're describing now. (more)

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Also, were his paws bleeding because he had been declawed? I'm not against this, so don't think I'm about to preach a sermon on that. Just curious. Right now, dear, I would suggest you confine him to a space that would be more like what he was used to at your old home - how ever many rooms that would be in this house, and make them rooms you're in most of the time, so he can follow you and be with you. Then with time, he may get more adjusted and you can open up one room at a time very slowly. But right now you're dealing with a serious psychological matter that is going to take time of your part to help him heal. So I'd put all the time into it that I could. My 4-legged babies are just my life. My last baby (I hate to call her a dog - she's a baby) was given to me because of psychological problems. She had (for good reason) developed separation anxiety. When I first got her, I was in a hospital bed recovering from back surgery turned bad and I was in that bed for a year. Literally, she stayed up in my gown & wouldn't let anyone touch her but me. It took almost another year of working with her to get her to where she'd let other people touch her. Now after almost 3 years, she lets others hold her and she greets people. It just takes a lot of time & patience. Just think about if you were little and how you would want an adult to help you. Helps put matters into perspective. You guys will be in my thoughts & prayers
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She understands.
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Thank you, claire. I'm hurting right now for both of them. I prayed for them every time I woke up last night. I think the Lord made me a "keeper of His animals" so to speak. I'm not AT ALL talking about Derek because it's evident he cares, but someone needs to watch over the ones who are being mistreated and neglected and just plain ole need help. It's funny how many have just "showed up at my doorstep." LOL That's one reason I couldn't become a vet. The first time someone brought in an animal that I KNEW had been abused, after I had taken care of it, I would probable walk back into that room, jump over the table and do to them whatever they had done to that innocent little thing. But, I don't think I'd have my license too long if I did that, so I decided against it. Good choice, you think? I feel like they're helpless children. And you are so astute in picking up on how much I care. I already know you're a very caring person also or you wouldn't have seen that, nor would you have said it. Two words that meant the world to me. God Bless.
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Good answer, Sissy. You are indeed blessed with a gift when it comes to animals. May they always wander upon your porch, for their best benefit.
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Were his paws bleeding because he got hurt? If his claws were clipped too short by someone who didn't know how yo do it, he would have been in a lot of pain. It would make him scared to be held if he fears it happening again.

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That makes good sense.
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thanks Claire
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A cat can behave this skittish due to a number of reasons. It could be that the move to the new house has made him uncomfortable. You need to allow your cat to get used to his carrier. Leave him sitting out the door open and a comfy bed inside. Occasionally leave a couple of cat treats in it so your cat can find them on his own. You need also to ensure that you give him more attention, which will help him get used to his new home. You can also consult a vet on what measures to take.

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Very good advice.
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It could be the steroid. I get kind of nutty and run around cleaning house when I get steroids for my allergies.
Or was he acting that way before the steroids?
As the other responders have noted,
he has had a lot of big changes in his short life. Just be very gentle and loving with him. Don't try to make him get up in your lap. I would say don't let him out of the house. This is the kind of situation where a cat might
get lost if they are outside.
I will keep you in my thoughts.

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