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A friend brought his young tom cat over for me to clip his nails. Not a problem. He spend the rest of the day, tearing around the house with my 3 adult (altered) cats. Now, back at home, he's moping, cries alot, won't eat as much as he used to. What can I tell my friend to do? Thanks.

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By Mrs. Joe from Kossuth Co., IA

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

If your cats enjoyed having the tom around, and he doesn't mark on the furniture, Have your friend bring his cat around once a week or so. Cats understand schedules better then some people think, so if you and your friend set aside time for kitty-play-dates, the cat will start to keep track of what days he will be seeing your cats. and if he knows he'll be having fun, then his attitude will improve. trust me, if my mom is late getting home from work, she gets a lecture from her cat, and if she tries to sleep in on her days off, the cat won't let her. ever!

you obviously can't keep the cat, but having time set aside for you to visit with your friend as well can be nice. and don't forget, you could take your cats and see your friend, if it's allowed where he lives. i know some apartments will only allow one or two pets at a time. animals need friends too, and when they don't have live-in friends, they seek friends outside the home. but setting up times for the cat to come over to play with yours gives him friends where he will be safe, rather then escaping outside and possible getting hit by a car.

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February 16, 20100 found this helpful

Hello, Does your friend have another cat, or is this kitty alone? Cats are pack animals like dogs and would like the company of others. He had a great time at your house playing with your cats. He seems to be bored at home.

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