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Q: How do you get cats to become friendly after coming from another home?

February 19, 2009 | By Hrosenberry | 10 answers | Expired: 2120 days ago

We took in 2 cats from people that were selling there home (cats are not siblings). We can get one to come out but the 2nd cat will not come out while we are up and about but will come out to eat etc at night. Any suggestions as to how to get her to be "a pet"?

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JD472
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Feb 20, 2009

It will take time. How long is up to the cat,but if one of the new cats is friendly, the other one should come out of hiding too. Do you know which room they are staying in? If so, you could sit in that room and just talk calmly to the cat every day for a few minutes, without trying to catch or touch them, so that they get used to the sound of your voice.

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Beth K.
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Feb 20, 2009

Time and feeling secure are the answer. Make sure they have all they need and don't try to force them to come out. Do things like feed treats in another area of the house so the cat has to come to you for the treats. I have never had one yet that wouldn't eventually warm up.

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Jackie F.
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Feb 20, 2009

We always recommend that a new cat be kept in a small area where the litter box will be kept permanently (laundry room, bathroom)with the door closed. Do this and also go in a sit quietly with some treats. Eventually the cat will come out of his/her shell. I have aften compared taking a cat home and giving him/her free run of the house to bringing a child into NY city and telling them to "relax and then try to find the bathroom". Security is the key.

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Joyce
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Feb 20, 2009

Give him time, he will come around. He will be purring soon.

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Tom B.
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Feb 19, 2009

working at the shelter i find that our feral cats become much nicer after some "forced" petting. basically just reaching in their cages and petting them gently and showing them that ur a nice person. we had 4 crazy ferals come in about 3 weeks ago and now 2 are up for adoption and 2 are about to be and all 4 are as sweet as can be. try to find the cat and spend some time with it.

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Sheryl N.
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Feb 19, 2009

Hi Harold. I think you have to just be patient with them and give them time to learn to trust you.

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Aaron
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Feb 19, 2009

You can try putting some wet food out and maybe put the other cat away. Then maybe she will come out to get some of the wet food and you can just look at her and talk to her while she eats. That's what we did with a kitten we found. He was so scared,now you can't get him to leave you alone. All he wants is to sit on your lap and be petted.

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kevinskats
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Feb 19, 2009

I have a lot of cats and anytime I get a new cat (usually a rescue or foster cat) I first put them in a room by themselves for several weeks. Pick a small room where they are isolated from other pets. This way, they are not overwhelmed with the size of their new home right away when the arrive. After several weeks they will be entirely acclimated to the small area. It is then possible to open the door and let them come and go as they wish. This also works well if you have other pets who need to get use to a new pet. But in this case, you need to let your new cat out only when you can monitor them to begin with. Let them out of their own room for a couple of hours, then put them back in there until the next day. After a month or two they will feel as though they fit right in to your home. With cats, it takes a lot of patience to properly acclimate them to a new environment.

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Mary H.
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Feb 19, 2009

My cat Maggie was like that when I first got her. I just let her, @ her own pace, come to me. I didn't force her to do anything. As you said that your cat will come out and eat, and so did Maggie. I think what helped her feel more trusting of me was she saw how I was treating my other cat and dogs and sensed that they enjoyed it, so I think that really helped her come around. It took about three weeks for her to start to spend more time w/the family. In the end Maggie was very affectionate and loved attention.

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BOCOOL21
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Feb 19, 2009

Be patient, calm, and basically ignore the cat but if it shows up don't approach it, let it come to you. Give it time as some cats are just real skiddish with people they don't know. Goodluck with your new acquisitions!

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