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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Why would a cat abandon his home and choose to live in the

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Why would a cat abandon his home and choose to live in the garden?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Cat
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You've described an alteration in social behavior which occurs for one of two main reasons. The first involves avoidance of a situation that has developed in the home. For example, a new person or pet is introduced to the home or the behavior of an existing person or pet has changed and becomes unacceptable to Topsy. Environmental variables such as noises or odors should be considered as well. It's important to note that stimuli such as noises and odors may not arise from within the home but may still be perceived as doing so by Topsy. The second reason occurs when a pet is highly territorial. A cat may sequester itself outside in order to "guard" its territory from invaders - another cat, usually, but roaming wide animals can also precipitate this behavior. In most cases when the other animal naturally leaves the area, our pets return to their normal behavior.

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