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We have had my cat for 9 years now and all of a sudden he has become really timid.
He has never done this before .I have tryed everything tofdy try and calm him down and nothing has worked.when ever I go near him he will back away .PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MY BABY.

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Jessica,

Does your cat go out of doors?  If so, there may be a new cat in the territory giving your cat a very, very hard time of it. This could cause timidity, especially if there is an encounter.

On the other hand, sudden changes in behavior could also indicate a health issue.  When cats are in discomfort, they get timid anticipating pain if they are picked up or petted! So, I would get him to your vet for a check up.  Also, make sure the thyroid levels are checked, also, as this could cause these symptoms.  Your cat is nearly geriatric, so a health issue could have developed.

Please let me know how things turn out.

Seasonal regards... Norm.  

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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