HomeCat Behaviorcat personalityHow long will my cat hide from me?

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How long will my cat hide from me? — 9 Comments

  1. I have never had this happen to me but then I have usually been alone when bringing a new cat home so it’s easy to control the environment so it’s just perfect to make them feel ok. If you have a partner or other roommate etc then you can’t control how they will behave.

  2. Michael this is one brilliantly written article with the best advice you have given.
    There is nothing to add really, time is all a new cat or kitten needs to adjust and I agree too that it’s not necessary to confine the cat to one room, unless there are other pets in the home.
    Sitting close by the cat’s hiding place, talking to him/her in a gentle soft voice, even singing is very reassuring to the cat and yes as Elisa says, not looking directly at them is good advice too.

    • Fantastic. If you approve of it, it is official approved 😉 Thanks. I feel that gentleness, patience and an acceptance that each individual cat has his/her own pace of acclimatising to a new environment are key aspects. A cat takes the same sort of time to adapt to a new home as a person. We only have to look to ourselves for answers.

  3. Yours and your Mother’s Charlie [Who is now yours–aren’t you fortunate!], that swweeet little cat is looking to you for all of your Love.

  4. Don’t worry about it. They come out when they’re ready. Our baby feral rescue Renny hid for almost 2 months. We’d see him sneaking along the walls at night to go eat or go to the litter box. Just don’t look the cat in the eye and pretend not to see it until it makes the first move.

    Our adult rescues were a little easier. Most came out within 2 weeks. We just made sure they had food and water in a quiet room. Most hid under Lauras bed. Then they’d venture into the edge of the living room and peek around the corner.

    Try clicker training on a cat like this. Have a treat ready to give it. And I mean a GOOD treat like a bit of baked chicken. That puts the decision into the cats hands. It just takes time. Don’t rush it.

    • Just don’t look the cat in the eye and pretend not to see it until it makes the first move.

      I think this is good advice. If you pretend not to see them they behave more freely which tells us how our presence affects our cats.

      • There’s just something that panics a scared cat when it realizes you know it’s there. The cat will bolt in a heartbeat.

        The not looking in the eye can also protect you from a dog bite. Animals take staring as a challenge. Cats run away but dogs may attack.

  5. Fluffy hid behind the stove for several days when we first got her. I think the removal and transfer process in a carrier can be a little off putting for a new cat. Give it a few days. Leave food and water readily available and talk not to feed into her fear. Cats can sense our anxiousness and it is off-putting think. Let us know how it works out.
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