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We just got our cat from the human socity and he is scared of everything what can we do to help him

Kate CollierKate Collier TruckeeMember Posts: 1

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    If I were you I'd try to keep your home as quiet as possible. Remove as many stress factors as possible and be calm whenever you are around him. Not to discourage you, but when I rescued my cat from the Humane Society, she took one whole year to come around. Just keep feeding and caring for him. Let him come up to you on his own time. Yay for shelter cats! Good luck!
  • Kerstin KaufmannKerstin Kaufmann Member Posts: 9,254
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    Additional to what Natasha has already said: offer him everything you'd like to give him. Toys, time with you, treats, cuddles. But always respect his needs and wills. Leave him if he refuses what you offered - and then come back. Talking to him or at least near him (perhaps just reading loudly) helps him to understand you're present but not dangerous. And as soon as he accepts you as his safety guarantee you can show him other factors he is afraid of. Stay with him while he explores "threatening" things that belong to his new world. He won't always need you once having learned he has you as caring background. This is the way Ishtar has learned that even if the whole world is evil - being with her human means being safe (most of the time). Securing a timid cat can cost nerves but it is worth it!
  • John PorterJohn Porter AtlantaMember Posts: 10
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    Don't worry! It's normal for some cats to be scared in a new environment. :) You just have to be patient. One thing you can do is get some Feliway. It's a pheromone spray/diffuser that can help cats feel more welcome and calm. Your vet should carry it or be able to get it for you. It won't work for all cats but most respond well to it. Good Luck!
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