About 12 years ago I adopted a kitten, 7 months old, from my local animal shelter. She wouldn't let anyone pick her up at the shelter, but, she was in their "playroom" and she was distracted. From the time we got her home, to even now, she doesn't like to be picked up. She starts to cry, sometimes even when we try to pick her up from the neck, as a mother cat would. I've heard that is the best way to do it, but, with all the cats I've grown up with, I've never done that.

She doesn't like to be on anyone's lap. She stopped that about 5 or 6 years ago. She even would come up on my father's lap, but, she is terrified of him for some odd reason. He's never teased her or anything. She loves my mother, but, even there, she is very cautious. She spends the majority of her time with me, and, she loves to be petted on her belly.

Lately I've noticed that whenever I'm in my office chair she is constantly standing on her back feet with her front paws on the chair,and wants to be petted. She won't jump up on my lap though! She even won't jump up on the back of the couch, on the couch, or climb up on it. She will jump onto my bed, but, she has a hard time with that too. It can't be her age, as, a cat her age should still have her mobility. The cats I've had over the years have always had no problem with jumping, whether it is on something or on a person's lap.

What do you think is the problem? She's been to the vet, even had some of her teeth removed because her gums were bad, and, that was a little over a year ago. Other than all of this, she is a lovable cat! Gives what I call "head rubs" where she nudges my head and I nudge her back. She loves her belly rubbed, and, loves to play.

I just can't figure her out.

Someone please give me some advice on if she has an injury, or, is just plain afraid of certain people.


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