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Hi, Sharon. I am so sorry to hear that you're having difficulty with Caddy. This sounds like normal behavior for a nervous cat in a brand new home. Instead of giving her full run of the house, she needs to be confined to a bathroom for a longer period of time until she is confident. Once that happens, she can then be released into the house on her own accord and return to the bathroom if she feels scared. Often we give 1 additional room access per week until the cat has full access to the house.It is absolutely IMPERATIVE that she be eating and drinking during this time. After 3 days have passed, a cat's liver can begin to suffer from not eating, resulting in a condition known as fatty liver disease (hepatic lipidosis) which can lead to eventual liver failure and death.In your shoes, I would locate her and place her back into the bedroom. Is there any risk of her potentially escaping your apartment?Make sure to look under and behind furniture and beds. The smaller the space, the more quiet and more dark the area the more attractive it will be to a scared cat.
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Excellent. Once she is located, you can confine her once again. If needed, place a small amount of canned food in a bowl in each room. The one she eats from overnight, assuming she eats, will let you know what room she is most likely in. Most cats will not stray more than 20 feet from their hiding spot.
You can, however, leave it out for her. You don't have to force feed her for her to eat. Many cats will come looking for food once a house is quiet and dark.
Checking in, Sharon. How is the search going for Caddy?
It's definitely going to take some time. The best approach is to just let her go at her own pace. She will eventually come to you. This is good news :D
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