It’s understandable for a cat to feel scared and anxious when coming to a new home. There are many reasons for a timid kitty. But most importantly, you need to learn ways of helping shy cats to make them familiar with the new environment.
Check out below for reasons that make your new fur baby stressful and how to get them calm.
Are you adopting a shy cat?
It’s hard to guess if the cat you are bringing is a shy one. But cats are timid creatures that need time to acclimate to the new home. If the environment changes, cats may not react well; some may get aggressive due to the switch.
There are a number of signs you can read to know if your kitty is afraid. Knowing which you can adjust to make the cat feel more stable in any situation.
Anyway, cats can be for some of these reasons:
- Changes in the environment
- New pets in the house
- Loud noises
- Tough past
- Insufficient human contact
Helping shy cats
For any reason your kitten is retreating himself, you need to solve it, making your cat a confident one.
Socializing the shy kitty
For cats reacting to loud sounds, you can acclimatize them by turning on music, tv, radio, and a variety of sources of sounds. Don’t turn them too loud, or it may frighten the cats
Blink slowly while looking at the cat to make eye contact. This lets your pet know you are not aggressive.
Keep your profile low when reaching the cat. This indicates that you are not a threat
No yelling even when you are angry. Instead, you can use a soft voice to talk to the cat. Don’t worry if you don’t speak cat language; the creature only needs a soothing sound from you
When petting, touch the cat gently. You can give him kisses on the nose and forehead. A comfortable cat will close his eyes when you kiss
Use a snug retreat
This tool is very helpful for cats that are shy when first coming home or rescued kittens.
A snug retreat provides an enclosed space for the cat at the initial space at home. The cat can observe, smell, and listen to the surrounding, perceiving it gradually as a non-threatened place from this place.
With this snug retreat, your kitty will have a hiding spot when strangers visit. You can set up a medium dog crate with a food bowl, water, and bed in there
Note that this is not a cage where you constrain the cat. You can leave the door open so the kit can come out and explore the area.
Once the furball gets more confident, you can remove the crate, leaving the bed there because it’s the cat’s comfort zone.
Block inaccessible hiding corners
Allow the cat to hide in unreachable places doesn’t help him feel less stressed; only does it help the cat feel safer at that moment, not the rest of the time. Also, when a kitten hides where you can’t find it, you may freak out.
So, close the closet, loft rafters, or attic access so that the panic cat can’t run into those places.
Offer the right food
Delicious food can cheer up a distressed cat. You should notice the kitten’s preferred food and offer a little more than often to encourage the relationship.
When the cat is ready to eat comfortably in the presence of you, that means he feels more relaxed now.
In my experience, canned food or freshly cooked fish are always attractive to felines. To build a better bond, you can spoon-feed the cat while he’s in his retreat. When things work out, and the cat trusts you, hand-feed will make things even brighter.
Play with toys
The hunting instinct will stimulate any cat to catch that quivering feather. Once the cat interacts with the toys and realizes his surroundings are not that dangerous, he will come out.
Problems with helping shy cats
The cat keeps hiding
Fearful cats show aggression when you get near. At this point, try not to force the cat out of his retreat. It would help if you gave the little thing time to know that you are not a threat.
Leave the kitty to it and offer food after a time. And to prevent the cat from hiding where you can’t access it, cover places like closets, under the sofa, narrow corners, etc.
Cats with bad experiences
Stray cats are typically timider. They may get familiar with the new home but can struggle to find comfort around people.
Many adopted stray cats can’t overcome their past and stay defensive whenever people come around.
With these cats, food, gentle petting, patience, love, and time can help them. But you have to observe and know what the cat wants. It’s best to read the body language and follow the desire of the baby.
**Critical note: No punishment
Those ways of helping shy cats are not magical. There is no outcome in day one or two, even the first month. You should keep your head off heat when trying to get close to the worried cat.
In the end
Helping shy cats is a work of love and patience. When dealing with such a timid and defensive creature like felines, you must understand that they need time to adjust.
However, once the cat is tempted, the love (and fur) you receive will be infinite. Gaining the ultimate trust from a shy is a wonderful reward for your afford.
So, don’t worry if the cat ignores you. When you help the cat, the cat also helps you to remain calm and patient. That’s what we learn from this amazing creature.
Thank you for reading.