This problem with Boots is so frustrating. I go downstairs and sit and stitch with him in the sewing room. It’s just like it was in the sewing room in Texas in that sometimes, he sits next to me, sometimes he wants to sit on my lap, sometimes he’s who knows where and even if I sit down there for hours, I hear him but don’t see him, sometimes he sits in the window the entire time I’m down there and never acknowledges my presence. None of that is new behavior for him. When he sits with me in the sewing room, he has never bit me . . though he did often in Texas and I assumed that was his sign that it was time for me to leave.
When I open the sewing room door, he runs upstairs. He must want to come up here or he wouldn’t do it, right? He gets to the top of the stairs before I do and the first thing I notice is that his pupils are huge and he’s flicking his tail, which is not what was happening downstairs. I take that to mean he isn’t comfortable upstairs. That makes me feel like it isn’t a medical issue.
As I mentioned earlier, he’s recently started purring again while upstairs because for over a week, he wouldn’t purr up here at all.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that he jumps on my lap and if I so much as wiggle my knee or foot, he jumps down, runs to the other side of the sofa and looks at me like “Why did you try to kill me?”
Yesterday after seeing the cat tracks by his window, I thought maybe that is really bothering him so I tried to let him stay upstairs last night. I don’t like a cat in the bed but he’s a cat . . if he’s in the bedroom, he’s going to do what he wants to do. Sometimes he sleeps in the bed but he used to would curl up on the very edge of the bed and sleep close to my back but not touching me.
Last night, he got in the bed and he was so needy. He never stopped purring! I was on my side with my arm kinda folded over me. He only wanted to sleep on top of me and he kept trying to get his head under my elbow like he wanted me to hug him. He never bit me but his tail never stopped flicking and since he was laying me, his tail was slapping on the comforter and hitting me. Not a good way for me to sleep.
Also, about every 10 minutes, he would jump down, not growl but make a weird sound, walk around the room for a minute or so and resume his position on top of me. In the interest of me getting a few hours sleep, about 2 a.m. I took him back downstairs.
Help! Someone tell me what to do with him!!
My only hope is that he’s missing Vince. I don’t have a clue what else it could be and honestly, he’s a cat . . would that be normal for him to act that way because he’s missing Vince? Do I need to go back to the vet and spend another $120? I am so frustrated with not knowing what to do to help him.
With him being so needy last night, I do feel like he’s scared. He’s upstairs somewhere now but he hasn’t come over to see me at all. Cats are so weird!! I love him but am beginning to believe I’m not a good cat parent. With my dogs, I could usually look at them and know when something was wrong and was fairly good at diagnosing when they wanted to go out, or when they needed to see a vet or when they needed love and attention. I don’t have a clue with Boots . . not a clue!