which cats are skittish?

Asked by Member 551620 on Dec 29th 2007 in Breeds
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♥ Apache

Being skittish is a personality trait, sometimes caused by the kittens early experiences.

It's really not a breed related thing.

Most kittens will get over it in time, as they gain the trust of their humans. For others, it will just become part of their personalitys.

♥ Apache answered on 12/29/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Usually cats are skittish because they either where not socilized properly when they where young or they had a bad experence with something. If you do get a cat then make sure that you spend some time with it before hand to make sure that it is not skittish.

Garfield answered on 12/29/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


All I can say is, imagine if YOU were as small as a cat! This world is huge and terrifying from their point of view.

Skittishness is also caused by lack of exposure and socialization at a young age- the crucial learning period in a cat's life. Unless the cat has been exposed to a variety of situations when it was young, it will be timid as an adult.

Member 409208 answered on 12/30/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Any cat can become skittish due to it's environment or treatment. Even a big, friendly Maine Coon can turn anti-social with exhibit undesirable behaviors if the person it lives with doesn't understand what cats are all about or expects the cat to conform to their way of life. I believe that some cats, like Siamese can be more aggressive, and my aunt had Angoras and Persians who tended to all be Divine Divas. But, I don't think any knowledgeable cat person would label any particular breed as all being "skittish". If you are thinking of getting a cat, make sure you research cat care and socialization before you do, and consider adopting from a shelter or humane organization.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 12/30/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer