Coaxing our resident cat out of hiding

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Nov 29th, 2010 08:04
New York
LindaM
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We adopted a year and a half old female cat and slowly introduced her to our 7 year old male cat. They won't get along at all. Our older male cat is so afraid or the new female, he won't come out of hiding...not even to eat or drink. It's been two weeks now and no change. The only way he'll come out is if we lock up the new cat in the bedroom. He's always been a timid, 'fraidy cat, but I'm really worried that he'll never adjust to her. When we have the two of them out together in the house, she is fine, exploring, walking around, cuddling. He will not come out from under the bed AT ALL no matter what we do. Will he ever relax and come out without having to lock the new cat up?
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Dec 15th, 2010 16:41
Maryland
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Eventually, quite likely. 2 weeks actually isn't very long. He's been too scared to focus on the actual character of the new cat. Some cat go rather blind with fear and just don't want to deal.
   
Cat relations cat take up to a couple of months, if one of the cats is very stubborn or some other extreme.
   
I suggest that you cut off some of his escape routes, so that he's more likely to be running across her day-to-day. Close bedroom doors and other rooms. Leave them in the rooms that connect with open arches. He can still hide under the furniture, but when your new cat decides to go talk to him (and she will, since she seems quite sociable), she'll be able to find him.
   
Feed them in separate places at least until he stops being silly - like opposite sides of the room. Or put him behind a piece of furniture so he can't see her. Or feed one on top of a surface and one under it.
   
You could try: Pop both of them into separate cat-carry boxes with open fronts. Place the open fronts 3 feet apart. Leave the cats to stare at each other for a half-hour. Do this daily for a few days. Then move the boxes closer together, a foot at a time for a few days. At the end of a week or two, they'll be right on top of each other a few inches apart. This will, of course, not upset the new female (though she may be rather annoyed at the confinement). Your Scardy-cat will be forced to deal with the close proximity of this strange cat. It will give him a chance to get used to her scent with a barrier between them. He may get the idea eventually that she's not dangerous.
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Oct 25th, 2011 15:12
Ohio
Danushka57
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I found this website trying to figure out how to get my female and male cat to get along. I have tried many, many things that I have read over the course of five months and did not think to use cat carriers the way you described. I am going to try this and see how it works out. Thanks for a great idea. I'm excited to see how it goes.
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