(Closed) Advice on socialising new Kitten?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
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Blushing bee

 

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chronicwhimsy:  I’ve read that you can train your cat or dog to associate good things with your hands by hand feeding them.  Get some food or some treats and have the kitten come up to your hand and feed them, while feeding the cat, gently start petting them and getting them used to the feel of your hand.  Once they associate that your hands mean good things like treats and nice rubbing, your kitten will be wanting more pets.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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chronicwhimsy:  Treats and toys,  and Torti’s are pretty social active, silly cats. We have one and she can be antisocial sometimes but for the most part at least 95% of the time she is very active and social.  Well when she isn’t sleeping that is.  I work from home and have a kitty bed in my office she spends more than half her day in there with me sleeping and she pretends to be a guard kitty to. She hears a noise outside and starts growling like she is protecting me

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We took a not-so conventional approach when socializing our cat with us. He would hide in all the small places so we took all but 1 small place away and let him relax when he needed to. Then we grabbed one of his favorite toys courtesy of his foster mom and coaxed him out with that. My furbaby still doesn’t like to be held but will cuddle with me on occasion. Unfortunately, some cats are not cuddlers or lovebugs so if she isn’t coming around, that may be the case. Like PP said, try giving her a treat and while she’s enjoying it, pet her!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

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chronicwhimsy:  

We “rescued” a 3 year old cat from a house with a ton of animals. She was the cat that would usually hide and not be apart of anything. When we brought her to our house, she was under the bed 24/7. I tried to make her comfortable and know she was “welcome” by holding her, scratching under her chin(all cats love) and introducing her to each of our animals to know everything was okay. When she had enough, she’d run under the bed and I’d let her. I didn’t want to force her. I would also quite often also lay on the floor and pet her under the bed to make her feel welcome and apart of the house. Its been about 5 months of having her and the past 3-4 months she is now ALL OVER the house and apart of everything!

My best advice is work with her. Make her confortable, but show her affection anyway you can that would be easy for her (ex. laying on the floor petting her under the bed lol). Just let her “sniff” you also. Instead of trying to touch her, just put your hand in front of her. She’ll become interested and slowly work her way towards smelling you. Once she feels she’s safe and comfortable with you guys, I’m sure she’ll come around ๐Ÿ™‚ Good Luck!

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Bumble bee

When my parents got their cat before i was born she was an adult cat with a temper. She hated everyone and my parents couldn’t get near her. After awhile she got braver and would come out, but they still couldn’t touch her. 

My mom would sit on the floor now and then, some distance away from her and just talk to her. She may have stuck het hand our to be sniffed too. 

Eventually the cat gained the trust. She became the cuddliest cat ever. I honk it took months, maybe even a year. 

So I think you just need to be patient!

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Bumble bee

Just keep up with what you are doing, it’ll take some time, but it will pay off in the end! As other posters have said, keep up with food or treats in the hand, get down to her level with toys she can follow or chase to gently coax her out and bring her close to you so eventually you can put your hand out and give her a nice pet. Slow movements when she is close by so you don’t startle her. Maybe a laser pointer might prompt her to “chase the red dot” and bring her closer to you eventually? 

Also, as long as she has a safe hiding place or a comfy bed where she can get herself away from human interaction when it’s too much, she should feel comfortable as this will be her safe place. A six month old cat will come out of her shell a bit with time, but she may never be a ‘cuddler’ or a cat that likes to be picked up.

We have two cats, one we got as a 9 week old who doesn’t love being picked up but will spoon with us at night or beside us on the couch when we’re relaxing watching tv. He tolerates being picked up sometimes when he’s in a very calm mood, but never for more then a minute or two before he tries to leap out of our arms. He also hides a lot when people come over, even if he has met them before. Our other cat we got at 7 months, and she is a total lap cat who follows me around the house from the time I get up till I go to work and then when I come home she waits for me to sit down so she can jump up into my lap for pets.  

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Are you keeping her in 1 room or is she open to the whole house? When we get new pets, we always confine them to 1 room for a few days so they don’t get overwhelmed. I would just try and be around her a lot… sit and read a book in the same room as her but keep your distance, let her come to you, just so she can get used to a human being around.

She will come to you when she is ready, it can take a long time for animals to build trust if they aren’t well socialized. Keep up with the treats and trying to gently pet her when you feed her, talk calmly to her. Try and learn what kind of play she likes and do it a lot, rewarding her with food.

Also, you should post some pictures of your little cutie!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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chronicwhimsy:  that stick picture is so cute! I have three cats and they’re all super interested in the sticks, rather than what’s at the end of them… so your kitty is not alone, haha. 

We adopted all three of our cats – one from a foster program and the other 2 actually from animal control the day they were supposed to be euthanized (still makes me sad to think about that!).

I think it sounds like you’re making really good progress! I especially like that she’s “talking” to you – it sounds like she’ll turn out to be a social and sweet kitty. You should talk back! I’ve found that having a “conversation” with my kitties helped a lot. Keep up the food/treats and just “existing” in the room with her. Eventually she will get curious and come closer ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, maybe she would like a box to play in and jump in and out of? My cats go CRAZY for boxes and they love to hide inside and jump at the side of the box when you scratch on it. It’s kind of a game you can play with her. 

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