Post # 1
This is a bit random…but… perhaps some of you have had this experience?
I have had my cat since June and he’s fine with me and my mom’s SO and my SO, very friendly. However, when we have repair people come in or such, he will hide.
My grandmother is visiting us for a month and he has been hiding from her as well. It makes me a little sad that he’s not willing to socialize with her. He will hang out with us but as soon as he smells or sees her, he’s out of there. She hadn’t done anything to hurt him. It’s been a day since she has arrived.
Any ideas on how to get him to open up?
Post # 2
Cats are fickle about new people. He will likely warm up to her as he gets used to her being around more. Don’t force the situation. He will come out when he’s comfortable.
Post # 3
It’s only been one day! Don’t worry. Your kitty may need a few days to get used to her scent before he starts warming up to her. Or he may continue to hide the whole time. Cats are weird. But I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 4
I would just give it time. If it is only a day there is still a chance that once he gets used to her he will be fine. Does your grandmother use a Walker or anything? Those scare the bejeesus out of my cats. If ypu are really worries about this, you could have your Gramma feed them so they start associating her with good things like food or treats.
Post # 5
ahartig : no, she walks somewhat slow but does not use a walker. We tried getting her to give him food but he only came out to eat the food after she left.
Post # 6
lauralaura123 : if she is planning to stay for a month he will probably get used to her. My cats usually take a day or two to warm up to people and it’s definitely not unusual for them to hide during the transition period. When we first rescued a feral kitten (he is now tame) he literally hid for weeks. We knew he was coming out at night because he used the litter tray and ate his food but he hid when we were active. He eventually warmed up enough to come out and now he’s a total love bug. They just need time sometimes.
Post # 7
Well, the walker is louder than average footsteps on the floor and probably scary for the cat who can hear and feel the vibrations of a walker more acutely and it’s a big contraption new to your home (not to mention a brand new person). And if your grandmother has to walk with a walker then having a curious friendly cat underfoot is probably not the best thing anyway. It’s probably a blessing the cat avoids her because the last thing you need is your cat getting in the way of your limited mobility grandmother, catching her off balance, and making her trip and fall.
Stop forcing it. Just like all creatures in life, not everyone has to be BFFs. Your cat will decide whether they like your grandmother in their own time and if your cat never does – oh well! It is temporary – everyone will live to tell the tale in the end.
Post # 8
My cat hates new people but loves anyone who sits in one spot under a blanket. Try planting Grandma on the sofa and putting a cuddly blanket on her. In my experience, that is the best way to lure out a cat.
Post # 9
Update: Kitty is slowly venturing out of the basement, but keeping his distance, I think it will just take time, you all are right.
Post # 10
Cats are NOT like dogs. It definitely takes time for them to warm up and some people for whatever reason they just never like. It’s way too soon to tell ……. give kitty time.
Post # 11
My cat gets suppper stressed out with visitors too (he had a rough time once, and never quite got over it) I just make sure he has a safe zone to escape too when he needs too and he is usally fine