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Artemis Platz, Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  Feline Veterinary Technician, over 14 years experience
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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Artemis Platz replied 9 years ago.


How old is the cat?

Can you give some details of the cat's preference?

Thank you


Customer: replied 9 years ago.
The cat is actually a kitten, not quite a year old yet. She is very, very fond of myself, and follows me everywhere.
The other person tries to hold her or lean down to talk to her, and she runs away and hides. The person has a loud voice sometimes. never hurt the cat to my knowledge. My other cats go to this person, but "OLIVE" just lets me hold her, pat her and sleep with her. "Olive" also sucks on a pillow in my room, was in a previous home were she is the runt of the litter, was taken away too early. I got her from a home, her eyes were still partially not opened, and then were blue. They person did not have the mother of her.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
I also have Olive's blood brother...I took the 2 of them, could not seperate them at all, that would of been horrible. Olive also screams (MEOWS) if i use the bathroom and shut the door. She does not like to be locked out from me.
Expert:  Artemis Platz replied 9 years ago.

Hello again,

Olive sounds adorable. I think it's clear that she is a little bit afraid of the other person. You mentioned the loud voice. Cats are very sensitive to sound, and a loud voice can be frightening. A bigger person can also be scary; men are often more frightening to cats than women.

Olive probably is a little shyer than your others because of her history. Cats also have individual variation, just like people do. Some people are more shy, some cats are the same. Obviously, she is very attached to you becasue you raised her.

What I would recommend is that the other person sit or lie on the floor near Olive. By being close to the ground, it's like making oneself smaller and less scary. Standing up, we humans look m,uch scarier to a little cat on the ground. Speak very quietly and wave a peacock feather or similar toy. Have a treat handy and give it to Olive when she gets close. Don't try to grab her or hold her. It has to be totally on her timetable, but with patience I think she can grow to love your housemate as well as yourself. Continue with daily sesssions like this, and I think you'll see progress.

I hope this was helpful. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have. I would be happy to talk further with you.


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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Thank you! I have actually requested my friend do this. I appreciate you help!
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Expert:  Artemis Platz replied 9 years ago.

Thank you for accepting my help, and for that picture of your girl. I was right - she is totally adorable!

Best of luck to everyone in your house in the new year. Little Olive is lucky to have your care.