I have a rather unique cat related situation. I just recently moved my business to a new location, and it came with a shop cat. She was originally a stray that showed up as a kitten and just kind of never left. The previous tenants took her in and she became mostly and indoor cat. She is deathly afraid of new people (aka me), which I understand and have been told she'll get over eventually, but it causes a bit of a problem in that if she is outside then there is no way for me to get her back in and when she is inside she is terrified. I feel bad because this is, and has been, her home for years. Her food is in here... her clean water is in here... once winter comes it will be her only source of shelter from the snow. Sometimes the people who live upstairs will bring her inside for me, but when she's in here she just crouches in a corner all day or hides under a work bench (which can't be very fun). In short, her life would be about 1000 times better if she would get over her fear of me. Is there anything I can do to speed up the process of her getting used to me? Sometimes I will sit on the floor near her and slowly inch my way forward, backing off when she become visibly uncomforable, but I don't know if that is helping or hurting. What are your thoughts?
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6/29/06 at 7:40am