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My cat Tigger is about 10 months old..He is kind of a rescue cat..I got him at 10 weeks old...His problem is that whenever someone comes to the door or by the window he runs and hides...He does it even if it is me coming in and he can see me through the window..There was a Autistic child where i got him from...I don't think she hurt him, but can his behavior be from that?

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Thomas,

Without really knowing what went on in the household before you got your kitten, it is impossible to know if this behavior is normal or was a result of the child or of something else altogether.

To me, the best way to deal with the behavior is to ignore it.  Cats often do not trust there eyes to recognize others. They tend to want to get the scent before they are sure who they are dealing with. So, the fact that Tigger sees you through the window does not necessarily register.

It may take Tigger very much time to get comfortable in your home even after more than eigfht months. What I would not do is to follow Tigger to his hiding place and try to get him to come out.  If and when Tigger is ready to make an appearance he will. Any attempt by anyone in the household to try to get him to come out sooner, will only make things worse. Cats do better whjen they think a behavior is their idea. Trying to force the issue is almost always counter productive.

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

Expertise

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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