My indoor cat who goes outside occasionally...won't come back in! Help!

We have a 9 an old (fixed) male Abyssinian. He was mainly an indoor cat,though he went outside for a few hours of the jour sometimes, then he'd return home. A few months ago, he went outside (like he usually does) but he never came back inside. He now lives under our shed in the backyard. When he roams around the yard and we try to approach him, he runs. He's never done this before, he's never been abuse, he's been with our family since we got him as a kitten, so it's not like he's been traumatized, ou he's scared.

We still feed him. And we've tried moving the nourriture bowl closer, and closer to our back deck, hoping he'll "snap back into it", but it fails. He continues to montrer himself (often), yet never near us. Any suggestions? Please help!

Additional Info/Possible factors: My father use to work 1st shift. So in the morning when he'd leave for work, he'd let the cat out and when he went accueil our cat would be there waiting for him. He now has been switched to 2nd shift (3 pm-12:30 ish am). And since I'm not accueil during the day, no one's there. We think this may be a factor in our cat's sudden convert to full outdoor cat. But even now on the weekends when we try to lure him to us, back inside,closer, etc, he runs. It's as if he's afraid-but we don't know why/what could have caused this.

I've already been told to contact a humane society for help and I've already been told to contact a behavioral consultant, which I'd rather not.
 Mallory101 posted il y a plus d’un an
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gkazeuishida said:
Could be any number of things, most likely something scared him. But if he seems happy and looks healthy being outside just continue to feed him has plenty of water an talk to him when toi see him. The one thing I noticed about chats is the plus toi try to get their attention the plus they avoid you. toi might want to try this; when toi place the nourriture out find something to do outside for a while, ignore him. Never approach ou try to reach out, give him l’espace let him "get used to you" being around this may take a while but let the decision be his! If that happens just pet him alittle and walk away. toi should know par now chats are very independent he might never want to come back inside an its good that he's fixed, he shouldn't wander to far from the house. Hope this helps, good luck :)
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McCartney_girl said:
put some cat nourriture ou some tuna on your deck and just wait for the cat to come and eat then when he is eating, somehow sneak up behind the cat and grab him and bring him inside.
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try not to scare him though, make sure he sees toi before grabing him
McCartney_girl posted il y a plus d’un an
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Don't grab it it it will bite and scratch toi
fanforbooks posted il y a plus d’un an
fasiha7 said:
Did u get another new pet? my old cat used to that he still does i see him sometimes. maybe he has cat Friends outside does he feel lonely at home?
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fanforbooks said:
Best thing to do is to just feed the cat in your back yard, it might be hard for you, but if a house cat goes outside it will never be tame and get plus wild.
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tumbled said:
This happened to my callie after I treated her with flea drops. She was incensed. its funny when I first met her she lived outside at ages 2-4 then when we moved she took to inside all the time from ages 4-16 and now she is back outside. I think she is trying to feel better and thinks if she changes her place she will feel better. she is suffering with fleas which are horrible this an due to the rains.
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laura1233214 said:
Are toi sure it's YOUR cat? LOL!!
just kidding! I think it's because of your dad's work shift time change cat are constant and need routine.
but toi can get him par putting some sleep drops in his nourriture keep an eye on him and when his asleep bring him inside.
but ask your vet for the right amount. ou toi could use one of those feral cat traps.
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