Cat not bonding with new owner
my friend adopted a cat 6 weeks ago,but the cat has become attached to me. She was attached to my husband when he worked at the shop where she lived - we think she might associate me with him!
She comes out at mealtimes and cries for her food.My friend feeds her, but she won't allow her to stroke her. She is using her litter tray daily.She only comes onto the sofa for cuddles when I visit (1-2 times a week).Only then will she allow my friend to stroke her.She seems very happy during these times, purring and kneading.We seem to have reached a dead end, with no change in her behaviour.I'm worried she has been confined in a smallish area for the whole 6 weeks, with no access to fresh air. I think she wants to be let out now, but my friend is reluctant as she hasn't bonded with her.Should I refrain from visiting for a while so they can bond?
Answer by KAte
yes give them a little space and it may also help if your friend reads my page about bonding. It is designed so that the cat comes to her out or curiosity and this will diminish any fear she may have. Also tell your friend not to wear any strong perfume as this can often be off putting for cats. here is the page
I would give it another couple of weeks before she lets him out and if you can not visit in that time that would be good.
best wishes Kate
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