Since Sunday last week (so about 10 days ago now) Kisa has been scared of going outside and is drastically nervous when in the kitchen/family/TV room and laundry areas.
Saturday night she was sitting outside all well and good in the patio area and the next night she was terrified of everything and spent most of her next few days upstairs hiding out in the spare bedroom.
(This is all before the baby arrived I might add and she's been fine with Anastasia in the house it seems.)
Since then she'll come down but will creep around the house, scared of everything as I said and this includes furniture and stuff that she's known for years and never had a problem with before. Now she'll sniff it and if we make a sudden move she'll jump 4 feet into the air and bolt off and hide.
She's also scared of doorways and coming into and out of the room. This makes her using her litter tray a bit difficult because she doesn't want to go into the laundry and use it. Raisa has to take her there and stay with her while she uses it. She won't do this with me (typical girl - always has to go to the toilet in pairs..)
She's eating ok-ish but is nervous when doing so.
However when she upstairs - all this behaviour stops and she's relaxed and happy and just hanging out as usual...
I've done a search on the net of course and the consensus seems to be that she's had a major fright. I'm hypothesizing that a stange cat may have actually come inside and scared the bejeebus out of her. Previously Kisa has liked to go outside at about 5.00am and so we'll leave the screendoor ajar for her so she can come back inside again when she's ready as we usually have to get up about 90 minutes later anyway and it saves getting up again after 30 minutes to let her back in.
There's a big tom-cat a few doors away that hassles her in the garden from time to time but he's been fairly scarce the last few months. However he, or another cat may have snuck inside the house following their nose to her food bowl...
Well it's the best theory that I've got so far...
The net articles are saying that a product called "Feliway" which is an artificial pheremone that copies the cat's natural scent as they rub their face against things is the way to go. It comes in a diffuser or a spray so I may have to go and buy that and see if it works. It's not cheap though!
Any ideas though...?
Sean I colour stuff...