I have a new tonkinese kitten (almost 10 months old). She lived behind a bookcase in her last home for many months - only coming out to use her box and eat for the most part. I think she was scared of the dogs/kids/owners in the house for whatever reason. She was really scared and shy at first, but now sleeps next to me, absolutely loves playing and being affectionate, uses her box and eats plenty. However, she's still scared to be picked up and is very scared when people come over (she hides and comes out as soon as they leave). I had a horrible time getting her to the vet to get her stitches out last week, and had to have a friend with a lot of experience with animals come over to help get her into her carrier. Very stressful for the kitty (and us)!! Anyway, she loves to be petted - even on her tummy and her paws, but won't let me pick her up even just a little bit off the floor without jumping away. I've heard it's good to try to pick her up for small amounts of time so she figures out she can still get away, but I've also heard you really shouldn't try to pick them up if they don't want to and that it will worsen the problem. Not sure what to do. Also, she doesn't like any of the treats I've bought for her - tried junky treats and healthy treats (even bonito flakes!), and she doesn't like any of them. Petting and favorite toys seem to be the only rewards she responds to, and little bits of her usual wellness wet food. Any ideas?? I'm really hoping that she's still young enough to learn to be picked up.
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