Question: What is causing my cat's sudden behavior changes?
We adopted 2 kitten brothers from our local shelter 9 months ago. They are both healthy and active, but Baby is definitely having nightmares. He tosses & turns & makes noises at night. Baby is very loving but a little more cautious than Biggie.
We recently traveled with them for 14 days & everything went well. We were very proud of them. Just recently though, about daylight savings, something seemed to change. Their sleep habits changed and Baby is backing up & running from us especially after waking, 75% of the time. They seem healthy & normal otherwise. What do you think the cause could be & how can we correct it?
Answer: I don't pretend to be the one-source-knows-all expert on complex situations such as you outline. What I do know is that sudden behavioral changes always indicate a problem, as you are aware of.
As you probably know, cats are creatures of habit and intensely dislike changes of any kind - even innocuous changes such as moving furniture. Your cats have a lot of history behind them, with many changes in their short lives.
You do not have control over their history prior to the time you adopted them. However you do have control over their present environment. Just recently, they have been through. . .read the rest of my reply.
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