How can I get my new cat to stop hiding all the time?
Cats need time to adjust to a new environment. Restrict the cat to one room of the house at first, with the food, water, litter box, treats and toys all inside. If cat seems very anxious, you can use special "calming" products.
- Feliway is a synthetic analog of feline facial pheromones available in plug- in diffusers and sprays that helps to calm the anxious cat. You can plug the diffuser in to affect a whole room or use the spray on local areas like bedding.
Pet Naturals Calming treats for cats
- Treats can be offered during any potentially fearful event.
My "scaredy" cat is always hiding when I have guests. They don't even know I have a cat unless I tell them! What can I do to make my cat more sociable?
These types of cats usually were not socialized to many different people when they were young, so it will take some time with adult cats. You can start with one person at a time, who will join the cat in a quiet room to feed and pet it twice a day. When the cat is comfortable with the first person, then go to the next one. Give the cat treats every time it comes out of hiding. Let the cat approach the humans, not the other way around. Your vet can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication to make the process go faster.