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#1 Old 06-26-2004, 08:45 AM
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We just got a new cat from the shelter, about an hour and a half ago.



So we brought him in (He's about 7months) and put him in the kitchen and stayed quiet, to let him adjust.



He went underneath a small stool and hasn't come out since! We've left food beside him but he still won't come out....



I know this is because he's nervous and frightened, but should we carry on in the kitchen, cooking, talking, closing cupboard doors etc so that he adjusts or should we be as quiet as possible?



Also, does him hiding under there and STILL not coming out seem normal?



Thanks for your help.



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#2 Old 06-26-2004, 08:47 AM
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I would carry on as usual. That way, the cat will see you communicate with other members of the family and know that you are trustworthy, or at least get used to your voice.
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My cat wouldn't come out of hiding for about a month after I got him. He'd come out to eat and use the litter while everyone was sleeping and that's it. He finally came out to hunt a moth that was flying around the house.
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You can get a pheremone plug in that would help him feel more at ease quicker, but he'll probably come around soon enough on his own.
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my cat didn't come out from under the couch for a week after we got her. now she craves attention so much she won't leave us alone. just give it time, i'm sure everything will be fine.



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Thanks all!



He just came out and is sniffing about the kitchen wohoo
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Super-super common. It's sad that more people don't give them a chance before changing their minds and taking the cat back... *sigh*
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You could try keeping him in a smaller space for a few days. How about a bedroom or den or even a large bathroom? Cats do like confined spaces when they are scared. It makes them feel safer and they know where they can eat drink and poop without feeling overwhelmed. This way he can get used to you and all the sounds and smells and feel fairly safe. (Could also prevent spraying)



Right now he does not acknowledge this as his territory. He's been at the shelter for days, weeks or longer most likely locked in a cage. He may have even been abused by a previous owner.



Weather or not you feel comfortable locking him up I think it is really important to give him a safe area. The best suggestion I have would be to place the carrier and blanket you used when you brought him home in a quiet less traveled area. Put his litter box and food close by also in a private area. Just don't put the food and litter box too close to each other. Also he should be isolated from other animals and children while he is adjusting.



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"I know this is because he's nervous and frightened"



Glad to see your kitten has come out. Kittens are some of the cutest animals around and I'm glad to see you've got one from the animal shelter

Did you name him/her yet and if so what did you name it? What color is it? Anyways congratulations again and I hope he/she makes a long time wonderful pet
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Did you name him/her yet and if so what did you name it? What color is it? Anyways congratulations again and I hope he/she makes a long time wonderful pet



Well I wanted to call him Bagheera (He's long and thin - like a panther) or Pipyn, but of course my moany little brother didn't like that, so we all agreed on Jake. (Which i find a little boring) So I told them i'd called him bagheera as a nickname!



He's black with bits of white around his chest, paws and face I'll get pics up here soon!!
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Thanks everyone



Well I wanted to call him Bagheera (He's long and thin - like a panther) or Pipyn, but of course my moany little brother didn't like that, so we all agreed on Jake. (Which i find a little boring) So I told them i'd called him bagheera as a nickname!



He's black with bits of white around his chest, paws and face I'll get pics up here soon!!



He sounds beautiful. I think Jake is a good name. When I got my cat (Harley), I wanted to name him Ed, but everyone in my family insisted a cat had to have at least a duo-syllable name. That's a dumb rule, if you ask me!
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When I moved with my cat, who i'd had for a year and did know me and my family and had visited the house before, he hid under my bed for at least a week. I just carried on life as usual, and he eventually settled in. I'd just leave him be.

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When I got my cat (Harley), I wanted to name him Ed, but everyone in my family insisted a cat had to have at least a duo-syllable name. That's a dumb rule, if you ask me!



Hehe well I read somewhere that apparently they are meant to have one or two syllable names, to help them learn it, and no longer than 2 syllables.......





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Hehe well I read somewhere that apparently they are meant to have one or two syllable names, to help them learn it, and no longer than 2 syllables.......










I think you're thinking of dogs. I've heard that about dogs, but not about kitties. My baby responds equally to Joli, Itsy Bitsy Baby Love, and Buttmunch. She does seem smarter than the average cat, though.
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Hehe well I read somewhere that apparently they are meant to have one or two syllable names, to help them learn it, and no longer than 2 syllables.......








We went with that for our first set of cats, Max, Cleo and Pepper.

With the new ones, I named 'em Monchichi and Atticus. Both 3 syllable names. Monchichi does go by Munchie a lot of the time, and answers to both, as well as Munch, Mon-Chi-Chi-Kit-Ten, and Stink. Atticus you can't really shorten. I just hollar "ATTICUS!!!" (sort of like "atti" fast and then "cuuuuusss") and he generally responds.



ETA: Munchie also answers to "bug"

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Congratulations on the new baby!
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