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Question Cat hates air conditioner

I have a four year old cat, and we've had him since he was a kitten. This is our first year with an air condition. We put it in our bedroom last night, and now he refuses to go in there. I know he's hot. He's laying in the kitchen panting. But anytime I bring him in the bedroom now, he'll sit by the door, whine, and claw at it to get out. He won't even lay on the bed and let me pet him, which he always enjoyed. I feel so bad for him. Why would he hate the air conditioner so much? He's not a timid cat... he's broken out of our windows before to chase adult raccoons. So, I don't know. I'm stumped.

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How loud is the AC unit? Cats have much more sensitive ears than we do, and he may not be able to handle it.
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He will get used to it, but don't force it.

I had the same experience when I first put in a window a/c three years ago. My apartment is tiny and the a/c is loud, and the cats would jump every time it clicked on and circled it suspiciously. Now they are used to it.

In addition, years ago with different kitties (all at the bridge now) a ceiling fan had been installed in my bedroom, over the bed, and my red boy Baby (rb 1/98 ) was petrified of the fan, even when it wasn't moving. I was heart broken as I was used to sleeping with him in my arms. He got used to it after a while too.

As for your kitty wanting to stay in the cooler room, remember that cats love heat, and even when it is 97 degrees out and they are wilting, they usually will not seek out the coolest spot.

Don't force him into the room, but do spend as much time in there yourself as you can. If he usually hangs out where you are, and you start spending a lot of time in your room, he'll come in eventually.

PS welcome to ilovecats! What's your kitty's name?

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Thanks for the great information and tips :P
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