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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
As I was making dinner tonight, I accidentally kicked Scratch. This wouldn't be so bad if he wasn't abused as a kitten. Now he is hiding and won't come out. My only hope is that we don't have to start over with trust issues. I feel SO stupid and upset. Anyone go through the same thing?
post #2 of 21
Oh poor Scratch!!, you didn't mean to do it though...I'd say try and speak very softly with him and if he comes out give him lots of hugs and kisses.
post #3 of 21
maybe you could give him extra cat treats?
post #4 of 21
Yes, we have the same issues with Tolstoy. He has known some trauma in his life (not from abuse but sad experiences) and gets very upset if he gets a little too close to our feet, which is quite common as he always aims to get under them if he can .

He will then run and hide and we go to talk to him softly and let him know that it's all ok. He seems a bit wary for that day and then is back to his usual self.

I'm sure it will be fine - these things happen.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
I resorted to bribery. I tempted him out with some tuna and his zoom groom. The two things he loves more than anything. He is now curled up in my lap purring. Ahhhh kitty love.
post #6 of 21
Jazmine was abused before we found her - we think by males because she's terrified of them. She's always been very trusting with me...a bit timid, but she'll always be like that. There has been a time or two where I've tripped over her or something...she's very affectionate and gets too close. She ran and hid for a bit...I just layed on the ground, talking sweet to her, and got her treats...and then of course she got lots of loving.
post #7 of 21
I accidently kick the girls once in awhile since they are dark and like to lay in the middle of the path to the kitchen at night. They are very forgiving though if you turn on the light(thus blinding yourself) and letting them know you're sorry, with scritches.
Being former ferals, they should know better then to sleep right in the way, you'd think right?
But no, they got lazy in the past 5 years! LOL! Gotta love'em though!
post #8 of 21
I am partially blind in one eye and so am CONSTANTLY kicking Nathan by accident, because he loves to get underfoot. I always immediately love on him like crazy and he comes around, but I feel terrible every time.
post #9 of 21
accidents happen... a few weeks after the aggression issues with Wonton, when he was starting to calm back down and i was finally having some hope that he'd be ok, i was standing holding a 16 oz plastic water bottle, talking to my bf. i went to gesture with the hand holding the bottle, and it slipped out of my grip - and Wonton was standing right below me-it fell right on his butt! i felt terrible and was also panicked, thinking "he's going to think i hurt him on purpose and we're going to be back to square one", but the strange thing was he didn't even react that badly. gave me a sort of "what the heck???" look, and then just wandered away. i gave him a few mins and then went up and petted him and he acted fine.

anyway don't beat yourself up about it - these things happen. just be patient with her and let her come out on her own, maybe tempt her with some treats.
post #10 of 21
those type of things happen, couple of weeks ago i was using the bathroom, and my kitty was in the bathtub looking for that spider that ran down down the drian weeks ago(how she can remember that i dont know).. anyway everytime i go in the room she runs and jumps in there. Well the tp was sitting on the edge of the tub, i went to pick it up at the same time she went went to jump out and i hit her right on her nose. it must of hurt cause he let out a loud meow!!!!! and ran away under the bed(where she had spent the frist 2 weeks i had her) ... she came back in about 2 hours just fine,


now, if she would just stop sleeping right next to me , maybe i would not roll over on top of her during the night... between the wife and her, i dont get any of the bed
post #11 of 21
One suggestion for the future, fellow TCSers - bare feet - you won't step on them as often and you won't step as hard when you do.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by Satai
One suggestion for the future, fellow TCSers - bare feet - you won't step on them as often and you won't step as hard when you do.

We've tried that... they still make it a point to watch closely and precisly calculate where you're going to step next.

Reilly is known for it here. When I get up to go potty in the middle of the night she will follow me to the bathroom. We have 2 steps up into the kitchen from the living room and she makes it a point to sit RIGHT at the top for me to step on her.. She will still go into the bathroom with me because she knows I will say Im sorry while going potty. Nothing like having her and Jake staring at me at 2am while Im peeing
And of course Tiger slinks in the bathroom to see why everyone else is getting attention and he isnt
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256
We've tried that... they still make it a point to watch closely and precisly calculate where you're going to step next.
Yeah, ours are like that too - we have to be very careful - both for the usual reasons and because Molly and Sláine find even the implied threat of being stood on traumatising - though, not to the point of getting out of the d*mn way, of course.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Satai
Yeah, ours are like that too - we have to be very careful - both for the usual reasons and because Molly and Sláine find even the implied threat of being stood on traumatising - though, not to the point of getting out of the d*mn way, of course.


It's like they do it on purpose just so they can get attention... I wouldn't put it past them
post #15 of 21
Trout does a good job of warning me when my feet are about to step on her..she lets out a pre-smoosh yelp
post #16 of 21
Oh not mine... they WANT to get the treats and attention.. They WANT me to feel guilty, They WANT me to carry them to the bedroom like babies Little boogers
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256

It's like they do it on purpose just so they can get attention... I wouldn't put it past them
So TRUE!! Mine don't run off & ignore me - they run off & peer out to see if the hugs & treats are timely and appropriate And I do my very, very best to apologize & make proper restitution!
post #18 of 21
I can see them now "now I gotta hide and ACT like my feelings are hurt and if I don't get the treats, there will be heck to pay"
post #19 of 21
No, sadly, mine really do get scared and hide.
post #20 of 21
I call mine "captain underfoot" cause she's always under our feet...
One time hubbykicked her accidentally while he was taking a step, and she did the same thing, ran & hid. We coaxed her out with treats, and he fed them to her, apologizing and loving her up the whole time. She was ok, but we felt so bad....
post #21 of 21
My kitties do seem to intentionally try to calculate when I'm going to take a step (especially over stairs or doorways) and purposely run right into the path of my feet just for the sole purpose of tripping me (I think so they can go and hide behind the couch and have their giggles).

Luckily I've had both my girls since they were kittens (though they still are) so they are pretty much not shy around anyone.
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