New cat is not exploring new home. How do we convince him we are nice people?
We brought our new cat Puffy (shelter name) home yesterday at around 11 AM (obligatory photo here
). It's going on the second night and this cat is still not budging from inside of the box spring in my bedroom. I understand that this is normal for cats and that some hide for weeks. But, our other cat is sequestered in the basement for now and it would be nice if they could meet before too long. Questions:
- what more can be done to make Puffy feel more comfortable? We've shut the door to the bedroom all day, put food, water, and litter in the room, and left him be. Occasionally I will pet him through the box spring bottom but not often because I don't want to bother him. He doesn't meow or hiss or pace; he just lays there all day. We've sprayed Feliway in the area to help him mellow.
- given that he is a very timid cat, what is the best way to introduce him to our other kitty? Puffy is 9 mos, male, neutered - other cat is ~ 3.5 years, male, neutered.
- at what point should we be concerned if Puffy does not leave the box spring? I heard him using the litterbox last night at around 2 AM and he had clearly used it once yesterday when we weren't around (both little pees). He may have drank some water but it does not look like he touched his food.
- this doesn't mean we're scary people, right? At the adoption place he was very, very loving and sweet towards us. The adoption people had expressed surprise and mentioned that he was usually quite timid and scared around most strangers. Was he just putting on an act with us? Is this a personality trait that will stay with him?
Thanks for any comments and advice - it is very welcome.