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Hi, JACustomer. Thanks for your question.Tell me about her original history before coming to you. Has she always been nervous like this? If not, what changed in the home? Any children? Other animals?
Feliway may help you, but I seriously doubt it's going to yield the benefit you're wanting. In some cases, behavioral meds can help with this but often it's more stress on the cat to get them medicated.I don't watch Jackson Galaxy, nor am I familiar with his protocols. But I do routinely take scared (sometimes feral) street cats and work with them until they can be rehomed.The fact that you have a quiet home will help greatly in behavioral changes for Olive. What I recommend that people do and what I do is to entirely ignore a cat and allow them to come to you. Cats will change their behavior for people that they trust...and no one else. If Olive is cowering or running when you approach her, remove what causes her the most fear: contact. Don't approach her. Don't walk towards her. Don't look at her directly for long periods of time. Allow her to exist within your home and provide for her as best you can without any direct approach. What cats most often learn through this 'reverse psychology' is that they miss the contact that you give them. Their response? To come to you for attention. When we allow them to pursue our attention instead of 'pushing it on them' (a cat's view, of course, not our own), they tend to not only open up quickly but they also make strides forward that we could likely not have otherwise expected. When she comes to you for attention, allow her to rub against you but don't pet her directly on her head. Let her do the work.To give you an example of this: I took a feral purebred off of the streets about 1.5 years ago. It required a trap to get him into a vet clinic because he was that scared of people. It turned out that he'd been hit by a car at least once, leaving his organs displaced, ligaments in his rear legs destroyed and otherwise...this cat just couldn't go back out on the street even if he preferred it. Thus, we had to make him a house cat.It took 6 months of training in a kennel to get him to the point of allowing us to touch him. It took almost a year with me before I could lift him off of any surface. It was 8 months before he joined me in bed to cuddle. It's been almost 1.5 years now and I am able not only to approach this cat who runs from everyone else, but I can stand over the top of him, squat down and kiss his head without him running off. This is the level of trust that I refer to when I say that allowing a cat to come to you will work the best.It's always a work in progress, but one that tends to work the best long-term. And without medications.Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this method.
The doors aren't imperative to her success, it will be the altered interaction pattern: removing what fears her most. If she is better with the doors closed, then certainly leave them closed. As she becomes more confident, having access to rooms should be added.