Cat sud­denly goes from shy to friendly

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Dear Cathy: We have a fe­male cat named Polly who we be­lieve is about 17 years old. She’s al­ways been shy; no one has ever been able to pet her or get close to her. We adopted her with her twin sis­ter Molly.

Last year, Molly, who was our so­cial, lov­ing girl, died from kid­ney fail­ure. Now, in the last week, Polly has be­come very friendly and lov­ing and al­lows my wife and my­self to pet her and pick her up. She sits with my wife ev­ery night. Should we be con­cerned with this change is per­son­al­ity? — Ge­orge and Bon­nie, via email

Dear Ge­orge and Bon­nie: An­i­mals liv­ing in mul­ti­pet house­holds of­ten change their be­hav­iors when­ever an­other pet is added or leaves the house­hold in some way. It’s quite pos­si­ble Molly was pro­tec­tive of you and your wife and kept Polly away with sub­tle body lan­guage ges­tures.

Don’t worry about the change in be­hav­ior though. Be­com­ing friendly and lov­ing is never a sign of a dis­ease or ill­ness, so cel­e­brate Polly’s new out­go­ing na­ture — and don’t adopt an­other cat right now to re­place Molly. If you do, Polly could re­spond by hid­ing again. In­stead, let Polly be the solo cat in your house­hold so that she can en­joy at­ten­tion from both of you for the re­main­der of her life. She has a lot of catch­ing up to do.

Dear Cathy: SSSCAT Spray by Pet­safe has kept my two cats away from the Christ­mas tree for years. The mo­tion sen­sor de­tects cu­ri­ous kit­ties and emits a harm­less shot of air. They quickly get the hint. It’s avail­able at many on­line re­tail­ers, and costs about $30. — Stacey, Nashville, TN

Dear Stacey: As a mo­tion­ac­ti­vated in­door pet de­ter­rent, SSSCAT Spray ac­tu­ally releases a harm­less, odor­less and stain­less spray to dis­cour­age dogs and cats from a par­tic­u­lar space. Dogs usu­ally can be trained to stay away from the Christ­mas tree; cats not so much, so thanks for shar­ing.

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