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Cat des under the bed or covers, is scared of her own

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Cat hides under the bed or covers, is scared of her own shadow. Was probably physically abused as well as emotionally when a kitten. She will not leave the apartment. How can this be changed?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.


I'm Dr Marta and I'll try to help you.

What you didn't say was how old Lyttle was and how long you have had her.

Is she comfortable with you holding her? If you can get her to be OK with you she can begin to get more adjusted. Hold her lightly, pet her, lightly scratch her under her neck, scratch her back just in front of her tail. Try brushing her. If she will tolerates this, she may slowly come around and be more friendly towards you.

I've had cats that I rescued that never totally became loving pets. One cat never let me pick her up, never sat in my lap, but sometimes she'd come sit next to me and loved to be brushed and she slept on my bed.

Patience, not making loud noise, talking to her in a soft voice even when she is under the bed.

Sometimes it takes years. Sometimes a cat will never be very social. But if you provide her with a safe home, provide her with love, healthy food, some toys (which she might ignore), clean litter she may turn around.

Don't try to make her go outside unless she wants to.

If you have other cats you may have to separate her from them until she gets more used to the idea that no one is going to hurt her.

I'm sure that you have some questions.

I'll be happy to answer them.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

If you wish, we can talk over the phone about this problem.

I live in Hawaii which is 5 hours earlier than the east coast or two hours earlier than the west coast.

I'll contact you by email tomorrow morning.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.


I hope that we can work on this problem. Let me know if I can help you.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.


I'm sorry that we never got to work on your problem. I'll try again tomorrow.

Have a very nice Friday night.

Dr Marta

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

I hope that your problem was solved.

Good luck to you and Lytlle.

Dr Marta