Yes, that's correct. For Nala, she's in a totally new territory. Her mom has gone missing, and she doesn't know where she is - it is a strange place full of scary new smells.
Cats are very territorial, and though some cats adjust to new places well, especially if they're with their mom or dad, for the most part, when in a new territory, they're scared and don't know it's safe. If you have a radio, put it in "her" room, and tune it to a classical station and leave it on for her during the day. Or if you have a CD player and can find harp music, and can leave it on "repeat" while you're at work, that is very calming to cats.
The best thing to do is let her adjust to her new space in her own time. Being patient is really the main ingredient.
Being near her but not trying to interact with her is good. It lets her get used to you without feeling under any pressure. If you sing, sing! Otherwise, reading out loud is really good too.
She'll come around MUCH faster than a feral would. This was written for someone who is trying to socialize a feral, but it has some good suggestions that you may find useful: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=118850
But because she's used to being around people, she just has to get used to her new meowmy and her new place, remember that food and play can be great motivators.
Give her treats - at first, maybe just put them out for her and let her get to them in her own time.
If she expresses curiousity about you, at first ignore it, and just let her check you out. What you're trying to accomplish is gaining her trust, and the most important thing that builds that trust is her understanding she's safe, you're safe, and you don't want to do anything to her or want anything from her.
Of course, I'm used to giving help to people socializing ferals, and for kitties that are used to being with people, she may want attention. But you'll know it by when she bumps you.
She may be scared and just want to check you out. Or, if "her" introduction room is your bedroom, you may very well wake up to find her on the bed with you.
But if she's scared for a few days, make sure you give Evan lots of extra attention - but spend time in the room with her. Reading out loud is a great thing to help her get used to your smell, sound, &etc. If she approaches you cautiously, ignore her. It's hard - but set one of your hands out (without looking at her) palm down. This is non-threatening to kitties. She may come up and sniff you. If you continue to ignore her, eventually this will drive her nuts, and she'll want you to engage with her. This is the quickest way to make her want to interact with you.
But if she's getting comfortable in the space, playing with a wand toy is a great thing to help her feel safe, have fun &etc. Also, when she seems not so scared, you can feed her wet food off the end of a spoon.
This helps her get comfortable being close to you.
Again - because she's used to being around people, some of this might be moot. But if she stays scared for some time, these things will really help her become comfortable more quickly than she would otherwise.
And as she's hiding in your closet right now, you may want to consider putting out some boxes around the room she's in. Having lots of hidey places will help her feel more comfortable coming out.
Take an old t-shirt or sweatshirt and get it good and sweaty. Just like the towel trick with rubbing Evan all over and putting treats out for her on it, put that sweaty t-shirt under her food dishes.
Get another one good and sweaty, and put treats out for her on it. This will also help her associate you with good things.
Also, the more regular you can be about when you spend time in the room with her and for how long, that will help too. Routine REALLY promotes that feeling of safety - because she knows she can come out to explore without worrying about whether the strange human is going to come in. It'll help her make all the new space her territory.
And I went back through the thread - she is just soooo cute. I never heard of a teacup kitty before, and I really hope she won't experience health problems because of it.
But she is so sweet looking!