Why is my cat so timid?

Like humans, a cat’s behaviour and character are shaped partly by its experiences as a kitten. These experiences create your cat’s personality and most adult cats appear confident enough to face most situations. If your cat hasn’t been exposed to a full range of experiences (from unfamiliar sounds to a wide range of people), the likelihood of it being scared of these experiences will increase.

Five ways to help a shy cat adjust to a new home:

  • Give them places to hide. A cardboard box is ideal!
  • Keep to a routine. Aim to feed and interact with them at the same time each day
  • Get to know their body language. Do they seem stressed or anxious?
  • Be calm and gentle around them – and teach young children to do the same
  • Be patient. Take the time to earn your cat’s trust.

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