new cat hiding all the time
I now have a four year old cat that was given to me. he was with the same family all his life and now is seriously depressed. he will not come up from the basement at all. he has found hiding spots in the ceiling so we can not find him all day. when we go to sleep at night, he comes up and starts crying thru the whole house keeping everyone up. I dont know what to do and my husband is ready to kick him out. What should i do!!!
Answer by KAte
you need to catch him and keep in a closed room for about two weeks, during that time he will need lots of new and interesting things to keep him stimulated and distracted from his distress of moving. He will also need quiet times with you where you just sit with him in the room. Don't try to approach him, let him come to you and also entice him with games like chasing string etc. Over this time his confidence should grow and his bond to you should also become stronger.
Some cats do need time to settle in, but as I say given time, lots of distractions and some bonding time and they should be fine in the end . I do have a page about bonding and also one about keeping indoor cats happy. here they are
best wishes kate
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