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Q: Why is Tigger so scared all of the time?

August 10, 2008 | By Maggiemay29 | 7 answers | Expired: 2062 days ago

Why is Tigger so scared all of the time?

My cat Tigger is soo loving when its just the immediate family, but when other people come, even if its just a friend, he flips out and doesnt come out for hours. Anyone know why he's so scared? And how can I make him, well...NOT scared?

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Maggiemae1
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Aug 10, 2008

Hi maggiemay29. One of our cats, Tess, behaves this same way. She was semi-wild when we brought her home..so we have always just known that she has "Trust issues". She has improved in time....but we don't try to force it. Just let Tigger hide out as much as he wants. They are just like us.....Everybody has their little "pecadillo's". ;)

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Michele Z.
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Aug 10, 2008

Even though we might prefer that our cats be more social when we have company, many cats do hide when there are strangers around. People coming into the home are not "family" or part of the normal routine--and cats thrive off of routine (or get upset over changes).

The size of a cat is quite small compared to that of a person, so it isn't surprising that cats would find unfamiliar people threatening to them. Considering all the awful stories about how some people treat cats, I think I would rather have cats that fear strangers than cats who are overly friendly toward them; they will be safer if they let their instincts guide their behavior. (I wouldn't bother trying to make the cats less afraid of strangers.)

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Jessica
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Aug 10, 2008

some cats do this they are not fond of strangers or they are not used to being around people they dont know

i work with cats at the shelter, your cat seems to act like the ones in the shelter that i work with that have a fear of new people

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