Our adopted cat is still very timid

Dr Pete Wedderburn / 06 September 2018

A reader wants to know how to help a timid cat feel more at home.



Question

We adopted a seven-year-old cat but after two months she is still very timid. What can we do to help her come out of her shell?

Answer

Some cats are timid in nature, due to genetic make up as well as experiencing frightening episodes earlier in life.

Try to be gentle and patient with her, taking time to win her confidence, and observing her body language carefully so that you know when to back off and when to leave her in peace.

Calming pheromones (e.g. Feliway) in a plug-in diffuser will also help her to feel more relaxed.

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