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Q: What makes some cats "fraidy cats"?

December 22, 2008 | By Mary Lee B. | 11 answers | Expired: 2094 days ago

What makes some cats "fraidy cats"?

I have 2 cats. If the doorbell rings, one of them makes a mad dash for the closest bed he can hide under while the other can't wait to see who's at the door. I've heard that ragdolls--like my Brady--are very social, and he certainly is! But I can't figure out why my other cat--a rescued domestic shorthaired black cat--is so afraid of strangers. To my knowledge he's never been abused.

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Brandi G.
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Dec 22, 2008

some cats are just different. Ive had a cat since it was little and it never likes being picked up or petted, or likes strangers either. Our other cats are fine. It just depends on the cat i guess.

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Bhlover
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Dec 22, 2008

My cat loves everyone that comes to the door , I have had cats that one would wait by the door as the other one would bolt and we had them as babies so I dont think there is a specific reason, They are just different.

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Michele Z.
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Dec 22, 2008

There are several possible reasons. I think the two most likely reasons cats are afraid is that they either were not handled soon and often enough by people when they were kittens and/or they HAVE been mistreated by people. A third possible reason is that most cats do not like change or anything "different" in their daily routine, so someone coming into the house is upsetting that routine and is seen as an intruder. (To cats that have not been properly socialized with KIND people, humans must appear to be potential giant threats to their safety.)

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