Hey everyone, my parents just got a 1 year old cat last Friday and we've been having a great time with our cat so far. The people at the shelter told us that the cat is pretty shy, that when they took her in (stray), they had to syringe feed her for a few days. The lady told us that as long as the cat feels safe and loved, we probably won't have to resort to that. Well, in the beginning when we got our cat, as soon as we let her out in the bathroom (our sanctuary room), she ran out and hid near our DVD player which was well concealed in our TV stand. We got her out and put her in the bathroom where she hid and slept behind the toilet for a while until my sister and I showed her the nice new comfy bed we got her . Well, about 2 days after we got her, we opened the bathroom door just a little so she can see the house that she lived in. She was scared and ran back in the bathroom and life moved on. The thing is, that night and last night we left the bathroom door open. At night (or sometime while we were asleep) she crept our and hid under the china cabinet in our formal dining room (a sizeable distance from her room). Yesterday my mom was able to get her out by picking her up. But today she just refuses to come out. Keep in mind our cabinet's bottom has only one way to come in and out and its from the back facing the wall. The front and other 2 sides are too narrow for the cat and barely big enough for us to stick our hands in. My mom is worried that the cat won't eat or drink and wants to take her out tonight and put her back in the bathroom where the door will be closed. We don't want to scare the cat too much while trying to get her out but if we leave her there, my mom is really afraid she won't eat or anything and might need a visit to the vet. Should we just leave the litter box, food, and water near her and let her do her stuff at night? My mom is also worried that the cat may think thats her new "room" and refuse to take meals or bathroom breaks or whatever in other rooms. Thanks!
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12/5/05 at 3:57pm