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  •  I once had a purebred Manx (5+ / 0-)

    that as a stupid young person, I spend $500 to purchase (in 1988 $!).  The kitten had not been handled properly at the breeders and try as I might, I could not get her to mellow out.  When she was about 5 years old, my husband and I had children, she hated the babies, and she escaped to the outdoors and never would come in again.  She ate on the porch, but got more and more wild until she was completely untouchable by anyone but me.  Even I got in trouble when I tried to cut her collar (which by then had grown tight) off of her -- she bit me clear through to the bone in my finger and I needed weeks of antibiotics to avoid losing the finger.    

    The reason I'm telling this is that she used to get that look you describe -- complete blank, like a person with locked-in syndrome or something.  It was weird -- like the lights were on but no one was home.  It was like when an autistic person hates to be touched -- she would totally shut down.  

    Poor kitty -- we tried and tried but could never get through to her.

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    by Former Chicagoan Now Angeleno on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 10:38:54 AM PST

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    •  They just dont relate to you in any way (2+ / 0-)
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      slowbutsure, CoolOnion

      when theyre that way. Any more than you relate to a kitchen chair. You're just a thing. Maybe dangerous, but a thing.
      OTOH, after I took in the stray and locked her in the back room, it was like living in THE EXORCIST for a few days but then she calmed down pretty quickly once she 'got' that she was safe. Oh, and there was food too.
      Hopefully your Manx was content enough with the lifestyle she chose.
      Most dont get to choose.

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