Rescue Cat won't come downstairs
I have a rescue cat called Henry and he was eight years old when i got him and was a stray till found by rescue centre.
I got him on 1.9.2010 and first few weeks he was terrifed and hid behind a snooker table.
He is now loving and loves being stroked and brushed but will not allow us to pick him up.
He eats well and uses the litter tray which is in the spare room which i have made totally for him.
He roams about upstairs between the three bedrooms but will not come dowestairs at all.
He did at first when we were asleep at night probably to have a look around but now he will not move from upstairs so we sit at the top of the stairs to pet him and stroke him and he sleeps under my sons bed at night.
i have tried to tempt him with treats and even moved his food tray but he just would not come down to eat and the food was left all day and then i felt mean and took it back upstairs.
It would be lovely if he came downstairs and was with mye and my son as he would get even more cuddles then and dont know what else to do.
I know cats have their own personalities and would it be best to just let him come down when he wants to.?
He is happy upstairs and obviously feels safe up there as he has probably had a rough life before he was rescued by the RSPCA centre rescued him.
What shall i do??
All your expert tips would be appreciated.
Answer from KAte
Poor little guy is obviously still fining his confidence in his new home. I really wouldn't worry at this stage and leave him to his own devices. Let him make the decision to come down stairs in his own good time.
You haven't had him for that long so it is still early days. Give him another month or so and then yo could perhaps give him a treat at the top of the stairs. The the next night move one step down and give him a treat. dont force him bit try this over a period of time and i wouldnt be surprise if he starts to venture further down the stairs.
You must let him make all the decisions an do things in his own time or you risk making things worse.
I wish you all a happy life together.
best wishes Kate
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