My cat - an abandoned stray - is truely lovable towards me in the middle of the night and first thing in the morning. We always thought she hated my husband and all men (as displayed by her action of running out of the door and away to hide everytime) but today I was with her in the morning and left her to go out for the day. But I left my wallet at home so I turned back and quietly walked into the house so as not to disturb her sleep.

When she heard me she quickly woke up , dashed to the petdoor in fear and never gave my voice or my presence a chance. I kept calling her in the reassuring voice she is familiar with but to no avail. She treated me like a stranger and she hides from all strangers.

Question: I know she probably has a history but it doesn't seem right that she even behaves like this towards me whom she recognises as her carer, feeder and keeper. Its like a switch that goes off in her brain. Could this be a genetic inbreeding problem???Or a behavioral modification matter which could be resolved in time.
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My cat - an abandoned stray - is truely lovable towards me in the middle of the night and first ... in her brain. Could this be a genetic inbreeding problem???Or a behavioral modification matter which could be resolved in time.

How long have you had this cat? She's likely still very fearful from being abandoned and having to survive outside. It will take some time for her to regain trust of people, even you. The best thing to do is to treat her somewhat like a feral. Here are some good instructions for taming:
http://www.spcaonline.com/Socializingferal.PDF
I wouldn't be concerned about caging her, just confine her to a room and follow instructions from there. Thank you for taking in this sweetheart and good luck! Keep us posted on your progress. Emotion: smile

Karen M.
Question: I know she probably has a history but it doesn't seem right that she even behaves like this towards me whom she recognises as her carer, feeder and keeper. Its like a switch that goes off in her brain

I think it's normal. Once my husband forgot his cellular phone so he came back in the middle of the day without calling me. He scared the &*%$ out of me! I thought he was a burglar. Your cat just wasn't used to you coming back home early either. You just scared him.
ow long have you had this cat? She's likely still very fearful from being abandoned and having to survive outside. ... even you. The best thing to do is to treat her somewhat like a feral. Here are some good instructions

Thanks for that.
I think it's normal. Once my husband forgot his cellular phone so he came back in the middle of the ... he was a burglar. Your cat just wasn't used to you coming back home early either. You just scared him.

Phew - I wish I hope its just that !
I´ve seen this happen very often and not only with cats, I´ve seen it even in people. I´m under the impression that when they have a huge discharge of adrenaline (fight or flight mecanism), they don´t stop to think if they know the voice or the smell. Maybe those two senses are sort of "blocked out" for the sake of sight, which is what they would need most in a fight or flight. IMO, it´s survival, not a problem of any sort.
Quite welcome. I'm fostering two semi-feral kittens right now, so I feel for you. Emotion: smile
My cat - an abandoned stray - is truely lovable towards me in the middleof the night and first thing ... off in her brain. Could this be agenetic inbreeding problem???Or a behavioral modification matter which could be resolved in time.

I'm actually fostering a stray at the moment (had her since May), and that's how she is. She'll ONLY come by me for attention if I'm stretched out and watching TV or sleeping. I can't approach her once I'm up and about unless I want to spend half an hour chasing her around.
Thats just like what my stray does! And when you finally catch up with her does she whine ? Mine will allow me to come after her but she hatees it so much and yet at other times she's OK.
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