Hi all I'm so glad I found this board!! I just brought home a very timid cat( he's 2 yrs old) that my friend had to get rid of due to new baby in family..she felt the cat named"Baby" wasn't getting enough love anymore. I brought him home yesterday, and he's still hiding from me. He hasn't eaten and I'm a little worried. I have two children 9 and 13, do you think he will adjust and maybe even become outgoing in my home..He was very shy at my friend's house because he was babied and the only other family member, until the new baby came along.. Thanks all..if the is a place to post pics, I'd love to share Baby's pics, he's soo frikken adorable...he's a tabby and he's the fluffiest tabby I've ever seen!! He weighs no less then 15 lbs, and his paws almost cover my fist! Again thanks!! Trinda----"babysmama"
Your new cat is just scared!! He was uprooted from the only home he knew. It is all new sounds, smells, noises, and kids. The previous home was quiet, your children, I am sure, like all children are not quiet. Just give him a couple of weeks. I just placed a cat into a new home. He hid under the bed for a week. Then slowly he started sleeping on the bed. And by the end of the second week, starting climbing up onto her lap. Just make sure he is using the litter box and eating.
I know exactly what you're going through. An old lady begged me to take her neutered 4 year old male, because she was moving to a senior's home. I needed another cat like a hole in the head, but she was in tears, and could'nt find anyone to take her baby. The biggest problem was that I have a houseful of Bostons, and 5 other cats, and this cat had neither been socialized with other animals NOR had he ever been left outside. He also hissed at and bit children! Anyway I took 'Precious', and nearly had a heart attack when he went missing the day after she dropped him off, in a flood of tears, and intricate instructions about his toys and feeding schedule. I looked all over the house, all over the yard, searched everywhere. I ended up asking everyone in town, even though I live on the edge, almost out of town, if they'd seen this cat. I was terrified that I'd lost him, and break the old lady's heart. Nobody had seen him, and I was sick about it for 3 days. One day, I was trying to clean up my messy porch, which is where the cat and dog food resides, amongst other things, and happened to open the closet to shove something in it. Who do I find lurking in the corner, scared to death but Precious. I breathed a huge sigh of relief, and petted him, and put his water and food in the closet with him, along with a blanket. It took him days to come out, at first it was just at night, when the dogs were sleeping. He would maraud around at night and hide all day. It took him at least a month if not more to actually come out and not be terrified of the dogs and the other cats, who he also hated. That was a year ago, now he's happy, goes outside at will, and even likes a couple of the cats. He's still scared of the dogs, because they know it, and will chase him, but other than that he's fat and happy. I would give your cat a good month to become accustomed to his surroundings, and just let him go at his own pace.
Thank you both for the quick reply! I feel alot better now, though "BAby" hasn't eaten yet to my knowledge.( actually I'm quite sure he hasn't) He does know where the litter box is, and has used it. My two girls came home this afternoon from sleepovers to meet Baby for the first time...I really think he likes them...ALOT! He is still running to hide anytime I turn my back on him( I've been trying to get him to eat, he brought his bowls and litter box from previous home). He seems to be slowly warming up to us..but again any chance he gets he takes off for under my daughter's bed. I will keep up some progress notes on Baby for the board.