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We wanted another cat for my Wee, the one we adopted was a 2 year old calico female.  On the card it said she was very shy, we felt we could help with her shyness. As it turns out, she doesn't seem to have a sense of smell.
We've tried different things and everything we try leads me back to believe her sense of smell is bad. she's very antisocial, she will let us pet her however she won't a low anyone to hold her. We got her is September and we haven't seen hardly any improvement.
What else can we try short of taking her to the vet???
Thank you for your time.
Ron and Kathy Ross


You can see the vet to see if there is a medical problem.  Usually, if a cat cannot smell it tends not to be interested in eating, but you did not list that as a concern.

As to making her more social. There is a myth that tortoiseshells and calicos are more temperamental than most other colors of cats.  It may be true!  However, you might adjust your whole approach to socializing her. Cats tend to be more prone to do things if they think it is their idea! So, rather than approach her and try to pick her up, ignore her!!!!!!!!!!!

If she comes over to be petted, take that as an invitation and, by all means pet her.  If she decides to sit in your lap, take that as an invitation and pet her in your lap. let her take the the first step each time, so she thinks it is her idea.  This may take a few weeks before you notice any effect, but, if you are patient, she should come around.

Best regards... Norm.


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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.


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.

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

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

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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