Has he been fixed? If not, male cats tend to be a bit aggressive and will nip and hook. Although, sometimes it's just a character thing. I have had cats all my life, from the farm to the city over the span of 40 years, and I know that some cats are just more hyper than others. They're just like people in that some are mellow and some are highly strung. My 8 year old male George is very high strung- he's a regular tabby, but he had a traumatic beginning as he was found in a ditch by a farmer driving by. His mother and siblings were dead, and this little guy was meowing his little heart out. The farmer (someone I knew) brought him to me. The kitten was only about 10 days old, eyes, barely open. I bottle fed him and he had lots and lots of cuddles, but he turned out to be quite neurotic as an adult cat. Whereas my other male cat who is 6, who was also rescued from being stuck in a pipe for several days, is just a big love muffin and nothing phases him.
My suggestions are to be firm when he nips and immediately withdraw your attention and turn away from him. He'll get the message that that kind of behavior gets him nowhere. I also will flick George on the nose when he nips me, or I blow air in his face which he hates : ) and he'll calm down. I know he only does it because his nerves are on edge-he can't help it. He's just got more energy than he can deal with.
As to feeding your cat-- have a look at where his bowl is. It should be in a safe place away from loud noises, oven doors, drafts, or a direct path to a door where he feels threatened. And it shouldn't be stuck in a dark corner either, or near any strong odors, like cleaning supplies. His bowl should be clean and rinsed thoroughly of any dish soap taste-- that is if you wash it with dish soap. Also he might feel threatened by the other cat's and dog dishes and not want to eat alongside them. My cat is very fussy that way, and I feed him on top of a filing cabinet in the kitchen, believe it or not- he doesn't like eating on the floor, I guess he feels vulnerable down there.
I wouldn't let your cat have access to the bag of food anymore to try to help train him to begin using his dish again. You could try the things I suggest and see how he does. Don't scold him, or he will begin to associate eating with fear. Good luck, and thanks for being an animal lover!
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· 7 years ago