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My cat Miley is 6. She is not afraid of people. Not even strangers. She is very curious and when the cable man comes over she runs to the window and watches him when he walks out the door. But she is very aloof and isnt too social.what is her reason for not going up to people? Could she get more sociable with age or should I just accept the fact that she will never be friendly?  When she stops wanting to constantly be outside 18 hours a day could she be more friendly?  Like I said she's not skittish. Have you ever experienced a cat getting friendlier with age? Like I said she is young and spastic and loves to be outside.

Hi there,
yes, cats can become more friendly with age. They have such different personalities, some absolutely love people, some are more standoffish. Just like people though, you can't change them unless they want to change!

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I am a vet with a special interest in dermatology, particularly allergic dogs and cats, behaviour and acupuncture. I work mainly with dogs and cats. If you are wondering why your pet is still itchy, despite good flea control, or why your dog licks his feet, I may be able to give you some solutions. I'm currently very passionate about behaviour and am doing some further education in this area. So if you have a troubling behaviour with your dog or cat, such as barking, leash reactivity, anxiety or a dog who is a little wild and difficult to control, I may be able to help you with some solutions.


I work in an area of Sydney where we see lots of allergic pets. I think behaviour problems are very common and I help a number of owners find solutions that will restore peace to them and their pets. Currently I enjoy answering questions, providing advice and writing pet care articles for

I graduated as a vet from Sydney Uni in 2006 and have since been completing my Masters in Small Animal Practice and am also updating my skills with a behaviour course through Sydney Uni.

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