|Purred: Tue Jan 17, '12 1:18pm PST |
|You are describing my now angel cat Kimberly Ann.
Kimberly Ann came from a shelter where she lived for 2 years.She was adopted by a woman who meant well, but simply was looking for a different kind of cat. Kim had come from a situation where she was frightened of new people, and slow to adjust.
I took Kim (when the shelter she came from stated they were going to put her to sleep becuase they considered her 'unadoptable'....one of the reasons I no longer work there-to me if you say you are 'no kill' then you are!). But I went up and got Kim from this lady. Bear in mind, Kimmy knew me. But some cats adjust slowly and take time in a new house to learn they are 'safe'.
For 2 weeks Kim ran, hid, came out at night, and I rarely saw her unless I peeked under a bed and lay there and spoke with her softly. I let it be.
One day, when I was sitting at my desk, Kim came out, rubbled my legs, and wanted petting! Eureka! It was as though she had always been friendly, and began to seek out and socialize with both the other cats and me and my sister and mom.
My Andycat was the same way. He hid behind the fridge for 3 weeks during the day. Then, he began to forget why he was doing that. He was in the kitchen, so the smell of food cooking bought him out. When he went to the food bowls with people around he got fed! And he was happy with that.
Many cats take time to adjust. From what I understand, Hazel Lucys beloved Hazel Mazel took some time to come around too! Many cats do, they need time to figure out new environments and new people.
Some people put the cat in a small room, and start them off there. We used to when I worked at the shelter suggest people put the new cat in the bathroom for a couple days. That way, it's a small space, and they don't get too overwhelmed and lost and have settling in time. Some people find it useful, and some cats appear to feel much better in small, enclosed places.
All the best, and many blessings to you with your new arrival!
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