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

August 10, 2008 | By Maggiemay29 | 7 answers | Expired: 2316 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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Cady Lynn
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Aug 11, 2008

my new kitten, heath, is just like that. in fact, he really only feels comfortable around me, but hisses at the rest of my family regardless how many times they've tried to win him over. i am not sure why they do this, but judging from the picture you have of tigger, i'm assuming he's a kitten as well, and maybe he just needs to adjust to those people, or in his past home he wasn't quite socialized right? and i agree with one of the other commenters, cats are a whole lot smaller than us, and he must be freaked out by these giant monsters who always want to go pick him up!

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Debby
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Aug 11, 2008

My female Siamese is like that.. I don't force her into anything.. she takes her time and when she feels the person is okay she will come out when they are around. Chyna and one of my first cats Charcoal were like that.. although Charcoal never would accept anyone beyond immediate family as safe

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Shawn and Kaylynn B.
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Aug 10, 2008

My cat was like that as well. When company did come over I would bring him out and let everyone pet him. The next time they would come over I would let him come out on his own. Now he is a big lover to everyone. He could just be a shy cat. The best thing to do is to ensure them these people are not there to hurt them but yet to befriend him. It takes a little time but he will come around.

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Sidney447
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Aug 10, 2008

If your cat is an outdoor cat or goes outside, I have noticed they tend to be more afraid of strangers, which is probably a good thing. Letting your cat hide when there are people around may not be a bad thing, especially if he gets so scared he might scratch someone. If you really want him to get used to people, have a friend come over that likes cats and is willing to help you work on your cat. Don't chase him, don't search for him, be calm and qiet and call him, have his favorite smelly treats out, if he comes to investigate, great, but let him run away if he wants to. Positive reinforcement may work for your kitty.

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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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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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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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