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Q: What makes some cats "fraidy cats"?

December 22, 2008 | By Mary Lee B. | 11 answers | Expired: 2172 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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Kinz
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Dec 23, 2008

your anwser there is RESCUED my cat is rescued but i knew the prevoius owners sort of and realized she was abused by them something probally happened before you got the kitty

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Kelly M.
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Dec 23, 2008

I think they all just have their own personalities like people. My one cat Calvin is very jumpy, he wasn't always this way, but after he was a year old, he is very sensitive to sounds.

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Beth M.
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Dec 22, 2008

he could be just a shy cat. about half of my cats like that (shy) and the other half are very friendly.

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Wingnut159
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Dec 22, 2008

My cat used to be a stray 4 and a half years ago, but she's still afraid of any new people who enter the house. She doesn't come out from hiding until the person leaves.

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Hannah A.
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Dec 22, 2008

my cat also runs away when someone knocks on the door
i think its just because hes shy because after a while he comes out and says hello

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Suzi B.
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Dec 22, 2008

My cat, Jake, runs when people come. I believe he runs because he was abused.

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Elizabeth L.
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Dec 22, 2008

I have two cats of my own and nine fosters kittens and when someone comes in they all disappear. After an a while three or four of them will come out and wander around. So I guess they are like people. Some shy, some not

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Cindy
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Dec 22, 2008

I think cats have different personalities, and some tend to be wary of changes and new people. It is not necessarily an indication that they weren't socialized properly or were mistreated.

For example, I fostered three little kittens orphaned at about 4 weeks when their mother was hit by a car. The kittens were socialized to my cat and dog, to me and a little bit to the kids next door (under supervision). Perhaps I could have introduced them to more people, but I didn't. I was concerned about protecting them from infectious disease at such an early age.

At about 9 weeks all were adopted and I've had the opportunity to follow the progress on one of them since she was adotped by a humane society staff member. This kitten is reportedly timid when people come over and runs and hides, but is otherwise friendly. She displayed a bit of timidness during her foster care, which may have something to do with being orphaned or nothing - maybe it is just her personality.

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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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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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