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We start to be worried about Arthur, since he disappeared for four days beginning January, he still doesn't go out which is really quite unusual. Our neighbours start to ask if something has happened to him.

He only would put a paw outside if one of us is with him. Mr. Gattino once went to our neighbor across the street and Arthur followed him and sat down to listen to the conversation. Then he profited from the occasion to be outside and did his little business. But as soon as Mr. Gattino returned home, Arthur did it too. He only goes into the garden when I stand at the window door, otherwise he would sit there and look outside.

It seems to me as if he is very scared about something. But about what ? Since he is with us he had never behaved that way. He is always around me between my legs or sitting on my feet, as if he looks for protection.

Yesterday when Mr. Gattino lifted him up, we suddenly saw that under his belly there is no fur anymore ! It's all pink skin ! And we had never noticed it because he doesn't scratch himself unnormally, he eats well and is not behaving like a sick cat, he even runs behind Pookie to play with her. Usually we don't lift him up very often because he doesn't like it.

When Mr. Gattino took Arthur's collar away and had lifted him to his knees, he saw Arthur's pink belly.

Arthur apparently wanted to keep it !

These are his favourite nap places, the mat at the front door.

Or on the heating

He also hides in the house and we have to look for him.

But still, his favourite place is my wardrobe, where he feels safe. In there he spends most of his time.

This evening we will go to the vet to see what had happend to his belly, I thought that maybe he has an allergy ?

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Is Arthur depressed ?

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Tonight we will know


Obsidian Kitten said...

poor arthur! i wonder what could be happening to him...and to his poor belly?

Andree said...

He is such a cutie, especially while exposing his cute belly! He may not feel safe outside but he feels safe inside if he does that! I bet it's just a little thing he picked up outside, and he'll be fine real soon!

I'll be sure to check back real soon to find out!

Irish Church Lady :) said...

I hope he is okay. Do you think he just got a little stressed out when you went away?

I'm thinking he should be back to normal soon.

*Kisses and Hugs to Arthur*

srp said...

Dogs have allergies to grass and lose their hair in patches. I guess cats could too. Hope the vet eases your mind.

Get well Arthur! Don't feel afraid... you will be safe inside.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Poor Arthur, getting lost for four days has been quite traumatic for him. Does he lick his stomach a lot? Cats will do that if they're stressed or upset in some way. After Oscar had his time in hospital, he licked a patch bare on his tummy. He's over it now and his fur has grown back.

The vet should be able to give him something for it.

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Poor Arthur. :( Sorry to hear about his belly - I'm glad he is going to the vet to get checked out.

As for his behaviour, my mom said that one of the cats they had while she was growing up escaped once, and only came back many weeks later. They took her to the vet, and other than dehydration, she was fine. But her personality changed after that incident. She had been a very "standoffish" cat, but suddenly she became very affectionate and didn't want to be left alone. So she's not surprised that Arthur's personality has changed after his adventure.

We (me and my humans) hope that everything is all right with Arthur. Good luck at the vet!

Silvia Hoefnagels . Salix Tree said...

Aww, poor Arthur. I hope he feels more like his old self in the weeks to come. *hugs* to him.

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Goodness, poor Arthur ... sounds like some sort of stress to me. Hope he gets back to normal soon ... poor kitty. Please give him a big smooch for me.
Take care, Meow

Anonymous said...

He certainly appears to be depressed about something or in great fear. And if he is having a hair loss it could be so many things. I do hope he gets better!

Sigrun said...

He, deine Katze ist ja ein Säufer!

Sigrun :-)

Anonymous said...

Poor Arthur...maybe he is having some anxiety and his hair is falling out from that. He is such a fine looking cat I hope things go well for you guys.

TorAa said...

Poor Arthur. Something awful must have happend to him, since he is so scared. Could he have been hit by a car? Could he have been locked up somewhere and crawled out tearing off his fur?
But he is a wonderful cat.


FelineFrisky said...

Arthur sounds like he went through a good deal of stress when you were gone. Hair loss is one symptom. His behavior will change a bit, depending on how he deals with the stress.

Love him to bits and ease his worries. He must think every time you leave the house, you're never coming back again.

I hope it will be a simple ailment and Arthur is back on his toes shortly. D :)

TorAa said...

I just received my new computer. I'll do my outmost to post Cats on Tuesday before midnight. (Lot's of programs and pictures to be downloaded and filed)

kuanyin333 said...

I hope he's ok! I posted about Supernatural Anela today. :-)

Anonymous said...

we heard that kitties can lick all their fur off in a certain spot due to stress. we're purring that Arthur will be okay!

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