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Be calm, encouraging and supportive when visiting the cat maintaining a regular schedule for feeding and litter box cleaning.
Talk softly and move slowly. Avoid staring at her since this can be perceived as a threat. Gentle handling, petting around the face, head and ears are the best calming tools for frightened cats.
Food can be used as a bonding tool. Try a particularly smelly brand of wet cat food or traditional cat treats. This will help the cat make a positive association between you and the food.
Never attempt to pull the cat from its hiding place or force him to be held. This will increase his fearfulness. Gently pet him in his hiding place. When he is ready, he will come to you.
Encourage play with interactive toys. Some cats are very play motivated.
Once the cat has full access to the house; move the dishes, litter box, etc. You may want to leave a litter box in the “safe room” should she become frightened and retreat to her room again. Leave the secluded room door open so your cat can hide if she wants to; but encourage her to become part of the family.
Recognize that adjustment to a new home takes time. Regardless of your cat’s history, your care is what matters now. Patience and understanding are essential. In return your new feline family member will give you plenty of love and purrs in return.
Never underestimate the power of giving. It shines like a beacon throughout
humanity. It cuts through the oceans that divide us and brightens
the lives of all it touches. One of life’s greatest laws is that
you cannot hold a torch to light anothers path…
without brightening your own.
How to Establish a Trusting Relationship
Adopting a Shy Cat
The Power of Giving
Fearful or shy behavior in cats can be caused by various factors. Insufficient exposure to humans and/or a variety of stimuli during kitten hood as well as traumatizing events in their lives teach them to react fearfully towards people or new situations.
Shy cats usually do best in relatively quiet homes. They are often not suitable in home with young children as children can easily scare them with loud noises or sudden movements.
The amount of time it takes a cat to settle into a new home varies from case to case. Some
cats may take a week; others may take longer periods of time, depending on their individual
Bring your cat to a secluded room set up specifically for the cat. This “home base” provides
a quiet place for the cat to adjust to its new surroundings. Include a litter box, food dish
and water bowl as well as a cat bed and some toys. Once the cat feels secure it will become
curious about the rest of the house.
Many shy cats bond to their caregiver(s) and make wonderful pets but retain their
shyness with strangers and will hide when new people come to the house.
If you interested in adopting one of our cats or kittens; please complete an Adoption Application online. One of our volunteers will call you as soon as we receive your application.