As many of you know I just got a Exotic Shorthair, well, she has been hiding all night and most of yesterday. She growls and hisses when you go to pick her up. She is all talk and won't hurt you at all, also she is spayed and declawed. (I didn't do it) But I don't know how to get her to come out. She is scared of my other cats and runs from them, even if she just sees them. Any ideas on how to help her be like a normal cat? i.e. Happy? Any help would be great. We have been leaving her alone hoping she would come out on her own. But it doesn't seem to be helping much.
I've never tried to integrate cats before, but I know people who have. I don't know if you've done this, but I believe you're supposed to keep the new cat in a room with the door closed for a while--like at least a week--and let the other animals sniff under the door at her and let her smell the other animals. Play with her alone in the room. Then when it seems safe, slowly try to integrate her with the other animals for short periods of time. Poor kitty-she's probably just overwhelmed.
I agree with pudgie..that's what we had to do when we adopted our cat. Do you have kids? You might want to limit the amount of time they spend with the kitty the first week too. Our cat got overwhelmed by my kids trying to pick him up and such. Another thing that worked for us, our cat LOVES canned food. We give it to him as a treat. You might want to try once a day bringing the kitty some canned food, and sit next to him when he eats it. Make sure that you don't just set it down and walk away. Set it down with him there, so he knows you're the one giving it to him, and immediately sit down next to it. The smell really attracts them and eventually he'll come over to eat it, (If not right away). Don't pet him or talk or anything, just sit there. After a few days start to pet him slowly or talk really soft to him when he eats. He will learn to trust you that way.
Cats aren't exactly social animals in general. I'm not surprised she's been in hiding since you got her home. I do agree that it might be best for her to get used to one room of the house before you try exposing her to the other cats. Maybe she wont' be quite so overwhelmed then.
You've got to be really really patient. The more you push, the more she will resist. Like kids, if they think you want them to do it, they never will. It will probably take quite a while. Just ignore her. Feed her, pet her occasionally and that's it. She'll come out of her shell if there's no pressure. I dogsit for my friend's bichon who absolutely hates other dogs. It takes her a week just to tolerate being in the same room with my dog.
My mom had a cat like that. Just towards the others that just so happened to be her sisters. She had to keep that cat upstairs in her room with the kitty litter and food in the ajoining bathroom for her whole life. She just could not get along with the others. She was just fine with my mother sharing the pillows and mostly sleeping right on her face. LOL It will take some time and hopefully she will come around. They obviously did not call her exotic for nothing LOL
katz....I would give the kitty more time...eventually when she feels safe she will come out...My cat...outweights my minpins...but he hid out and i didnt see him until he really got hungry...and he came out...and your cat will come around too...she will sneak out...and then probably hug the walls for a while...then...she will be out with the rest...slow and steady is the pace...Good luck...( and I wish people didnt have to apologise for having a declawed cat...)
Thanks I will keep everyone updated on how she does, she has been hiding behind the washer all day. I keep peeking in on her. Huron, I just didn't want everyone telling me all about how bad it was or I was for having a declawed cat, regardless of the fact that I got her that way.