Lynn wrote to Guest Vet Dr. Jenn wanting to know about her Ragdoll cat, Baxter. Here’s what she wrote:
“I purchased a 12 week old female ragdoll a little over a year ago from a local breeder. I picked her out at about 8 weeks old and the breeder’s asked me if I wanted a teenage ragdoll. I fell in love with a 1 year old male immediately. He came to me and I held him for about an hour. They told me he would never sit with anyone and couldn’t believe how he was with me. I took him home and kept him in my room with me. He followed me around, flopped over for belly rubs, etc. but my two teenage boys couldn’t get near him. They let him stay in my room to get used to his surroundings, but he would only let me touch him in my room…nowhere else in the house. We have another cat and two small dogs, which he didn’t seem to mind and they liked Baxter right away. I brought Izzy home a month later and Baxter loved her! Unfortunately, he stopped using the litter box for bowel movements ( I have 4 litter boxes) and became very timid. I love him and he sleeps on my bed, but won’t let me touch him anymore. I talk very softly to him feel bad that he’s missing out on being cuddled, etc. He plays with the other animals, but my boys have never been able to touch him…any suggestions on how to get him less timid?”
Dr. Jenn replied,
“Usually hand feeding ALL the meals will help the timid ones but a cat that old is going to be a challenge to rehab and it could take months and month. Jenn”
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