How to tempt a cat out from hiding
May 9, 2008 4:28 AM Subscribe
How do I coax a new cat out from hiding?
posted by altolinguistic to pets & animals (24 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I adopted a cat from the RSPCA on Monday, and he is very shy. He was a stray, an adult cat of indeterminate age (but not old) and had been at the shelter for just over 2 weeks. He was neutered on admission to the shelter (so about 2 weeks ago). I don't blame him for being pissed off at humanity!
Since we got him home he has been hiding under the kitchen units. He comes out to eat, drink and use the litter tray, but only when he's dead sure we're not around, and if we interrupt him he will immediately run back to his hiding place. If we put a hand near him he hisses and growls.
I guess time and consistent feeding is the answer - but he's due for his second round of vaccinations in less than two weeks, so is there any way I can get him to come out and be a little bit approachable so I can take him for his shots?