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Do cats pine for their owners? Not eating

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3amEternal Tue 09-Aug-16 19:53:35

We've gone away and mum is house sitting our 2 Burmese. They know her well. One hasn't been eating much and needs encouraging with hand feeding. Otherwise full of beans but is scent marking with his face all the things that are ours. The other cat is fine. I'll get her to take him to vet for check over if doesn't improve. He's the high maintenance/sensitive one of the pair and follows me everywhere. They get on great. I didn't think cats pined for owners though. Any thoughts?

Costacoffeeplease Tue 09-Aug-16 19:59:32

Yes I think they can

cozietoesie Tue 09-Aug-16 19:59:57

Bonded Siamese certainly can pine for their Person. I don't know Burmese that well but I think they share some of the same characteristics ?

cozietoesie Tue 09-Aug-16 20:03:02

PS - but bear in mind that he is eating, albeit not so much/making a big show of how upset he is.

laidbackneko Tue 09-Aug-16 20:03:55

Yes, Burmese do pine. Mine cries and "looks" for me when I'm away according to DP. And won't leave my side when I'm back. They're quite a dog-like breed in that sense.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 09-Aug-16 20:04:23

I think they do.

Mine doesn't because he's a git but others do.

PolterGoose Tue 09-Aug-16 20:10:23

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cozietoesie Tue 09-Aug-16 20:23:25

PS- and does the 'hand feeding' involve little taste treats from the fridge, perchance?wink

ifcatscouldtalk Tue 09-Aug-16 20:31:57

Not got a burmese but my current moggy pines for us from what I have been told. Recently on holiday and my sister told me cat was eating but come out eat then straight back under the bed. He is usually very sociable and he was my shadow for a few days when I returned. My previous cat on the other hand couldn't care less. grin

3amEternal Tue 09-Aug-16 21:45:00

Thanks everyone. They're a very 'dog-like breed' - won't tell them no doubt they would be insulted, talk to us all the time and very much lap cats. DD and I are his people and I guess with both of us away he's going to notice. He got stressed at his neutering and got cystitis so hopefully he won't get too upset. I've ordered him some recovery food to tempt him. She says he's eating just not much. When she hand feeds him the dry he eats more. He's been out and otherwise well and playing. Little bugger. I hope he's not ill..

stoppingcontact Tue 09-Aug-16 21:52:23

When I went away to university (many years ago), the old family cat got so sad that she pined away and died. I have never over the guilt! I was the only one in family who truly loved her.

Your cat will get over this, I think. You are aware of the situation and doing everything you can.

stoppingcontact Tue 09-Aug-16 21:53:23

And you will be back very soon.

3amEternal Wed 10-Aug-16 11:06:02

Wasn't pining...
Refused his breakfast again.
Spoke to Mum who tried him with some 'old' tins I had left over (I swapped him onto Royal Canin as kittens as their guts were better with it).
Of course he wolfed down a tin of Applaws and a third of a tin of OmNomNom...
Was a food strike.

cozietoesie Wed 10-Aug-16 11:20:24

The blighter's been trying it on. grin Your Mum is likely seen by him as a 'soft touch'.

3amEternal Wed 10-Aug-16 13:12:31

Isn't that the truth cozie? Apparently last night he was laying on her lap while she worriedly hand fed him. Little sod blush

cozietoesie Wed 10-Aug-16 13:16:51

It's just that I've known pining Siamese and they certainly don't bounce around, full of the joys of Spring, and merely refuse food. They're just little bundles of misery, all cloaked in an 'Oh death, where is thy sting?'. Your lad doesn't sound like that. wink

Wolfiefan Wed 10-Aug-16 13:22:44

We had Burmese when I was growing up. I went away. "My" cat sat outside my bedroom door yowling and trying to rip up the carpet to get in!!

cozietoesie Wed 10-Aug-16 14:00:37

He wanted you badly. sad

When Seniorboy's first Person died, he hid himself somewhere in the house - we never did confirm exactly where, it being an old and roomy place - for close on a month. We just put out food and a tray every night and left him to it. Eventually, he decided to come out, re-bond (with me) and to rejoin the family.

They're different cats right enough, but lying on the mother's lap allowing the odd morsel to be fed to him ('Yes - I might just be able to manage a prawn or two' grin) sounds like a bit of a chancer to me. wink

iloveeverykindofcat Wed 10-Aug-16 17:44:44

hahaha. Smart cat.
I'm on holiday at the moment. The sitter, who they just met, has sent me two batches of pictures - in the first they're both facedown in their foodbowls, the second chilling in the garden and being fussed. I expected this from Bibi, but I thought Zara was my cat!

cozietoesie Wed 10-Aug-16 18:12:03

Oh you'll receive The Sulk when you get back. Zara won't waste that opportunity. grin

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 10-Aug-16 18:56:13

You should be proud of her coping skills ilove

Lillagroda Wed 10-Aug-16 18:58:43

Oh they do. I have an over attached cat - and one who couldn't care less - I am on hols at the moment and I know she will not let me out of her sight when I get home. And will shout at me. Lots. For a good two days.

Apparently she's very unsettled whenever I am away overnight for work. Won't go to sleep, wanders around looking for me. It's nice to be wanted hmm

Hs2Issue Wed 10-Aug-16 19:16:11

We have an Asian/Burmese cross. I went away for work for a week when she was about a year old - she got stressed and pulled out her own fur. Nowadays at 15 she seems far less stressed.

YesItsMeIDontCare Wed 10-Aug-16 19:23:45

Sounds like my old cat. We went away, DP (who I didn't live with at the time) moved in to look after him. Several upset phone calls later about him not eating I found out he'd been given fresh fish on the first night! DP has since learnt his lesson. Sort of.

cozietoesie Wed 10-Aug-16 19:38:09

The sad thing is that if I were in the situation of 3am's mother, I'd probably be doing exactly the same! grin

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