Hey all, I'm back using this site again. I was on the site regularly until I had to put my last kitty down a few months ago.... I came to missing having a cat, so naturally I went and got another. I adopted a two-year old female from a local non-profit agency; and she is such a cutie My last cat was very easy to deal with, but this one is different, and I'm sure this gets posted a lot..... when I got her home I put her in a small bathroom for two days just to get her used to being in a new place, and every now and then I'd pop in to pet her, which she absolutely loves. Then over the past five days I've let her have free access to the house. She's exploring every now and then, but normally I find her hiding under a table or my bed. If she's wondering around and anyone comes near her, she scrambles away. She won't like to be pet unless we pet her under the bed or in her "safe" bathroom. Right now I can tell she's still scared of her new environment (she's only been home one week)..... is the best course of action right now to ignore her and let her come up to us?? Or, should I go back to keeping her in the bathroom periodically and give her face time with me and then let her out? As I said I've only had one cat before, and he was pretty easy to integrate into a home. This one will need some time and care, so I'm paranoid and just want to make sure I do everything right and make her happy and begin to trust us.
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1/31/09 at 8:15am