My Cat Always Runs Away From Me

My cat always runs away from me

My cat always runs away from me.

Cats are interesting pets. They can be cuddly with you one time, and bolt away from you the next. You may find yourself saying, “My cat always runs away from me. What’s the problem?”

Debbie Horwitz, a cat behavior specialist with Purina, suggests that some cats would prefer approaching you for attention and affection. Cats often become startled when you try to approach them first. If you sit quietly on the floor, your cat may come to you, allowing you to pick it up.

According to Cat: The Complete Guide, a cat that lives in a noisy household may make a disappointing pet. The kitty may become nervous whenever a lot of activity is going on, such as when you have visitors come over. Your cat may run from the room, finding a bed to hide under, remaining hidden until it feels safe.


Cats are a solitary species, having no pack to back them up when threatened. Their best chance of survival is to run and hide, quietly staying out of harm’s way. This feline behavior can be difficult to break.

With patience and coaxing, you may be able to help your cat relearn the noises and activities of the human species.

When you call your cat to you, offer him treats to eat. Give him praise for sticking around. He has to learn that the rewards you are offering are much greater than running and hiding. Remember, though, he thinks by doing these things he is saving himself from a deadly situation. You’ve got to offer something good enough to beat that!

Your pet will gradually learn that it is more rewarding to stay around. Eventually, he may overcome his fears, realizing there is no real threat at home.

Don’t raise your voice when talking to your cat. Felines are intimidated by excessive sound. Their hearing is very delicate, much like that of bats.

Patience is the key word in this quest. Your cat has to realize that you represent no danger. He will then decide that it is totally cool to hang out with you.

Shower your kitty with love so he will want to be friends with you. Once you and your buddy have made this bond, you will no longer be saying, “My cat always runs away from me.” Instead, you will discover that your love and patience has made all the difference in your cat’s attitude.

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  • Kerry-Ann

    Cats are very affectionate pets. Our cats literally follow us around the house sometimes. Kittens are usually more likely to take some time to warm up to you, or if you bring home a new cat. But once they get used to you, they will be rubbing up against your leg and purring happily when you pet them.