Okay my oldest cat: He is a short hair American. He is about 6-7 years old and very sweet to the family but he is also very skittish, every little noise and he takes off running. He got out about 2 years ago and was living in the backyard for a year but he got really sick so we took him back inside and nursed him back to health. He is fine now but skittish. I was wondering what I can do to help that and he also has a problem with pulling his hair out and biting himself. We do treat him for fleas once every 3 months.
Now my youngest cat: He is huge! He is a mix but looks to be a long haired American (is there any such breed?) he is white with gray markings if that helps. He eats constantly! The lady who gave him to us took him away from the little too early and he never really learned how to play by himself or with others, so the only excersize he gets is hunting for mice and bugs. Every time we go near the kitchen he demands to be fed and won't stop crying. What can I do?
American shorthair is actually a pure bred cat so I would say kitty number one is a Domestic Shorthair and Kitty number 2 is a Domestic Long Hair. How old was kitty 2 when he was taken from his litter? If it was before 8 weeks then yes, that is too soon. The best way to get a cat to exercise is with interactive toys like a laser toy. My Allie does not play much at all but if I get that laser out she goes crazy. Another toy mine all love is a stick with feathers on the end which is also one you have to play with them. If you can get him interested in either one then I would play with him every day for as long as you have time and as long as it keeps his interest. Instead of feeding him every time he cries in the kitchen, try keeping some of his regular dry food in a baggie on the counter and then give him one or two kibbles asd a treat. Also feeding him a good quality food with maximum protein but minimum grains and fillers should help him feel full without loading up on junk. A grain free food like EVO or Wellness CORE may help.
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