with cats for several years, I have learned that nothing can be said
that will hold true for all cats. As Kipling said, "The cat walks
alone." However, there are some things I have noticed that
hold true for most cats.
most valuable possession of a cat is it's territory. It knows all
the places to hide, the best spot to watch from, the sources of
food, and the location of the litter box. When the territory
changes, the cat needs to adjust... to learn the new territory.
This will take time.
cat lost territory when it came to me. It worked to find a 'sort
of' territory in the shelter. Now it must start all over
again. From home to cage to new home... new people... other
new cat may hide upon entering your home. It needs time to
think of a plan. Don't be too concerned. Give it time...
Food may not be very important. New residents may not eat for
several days.... maybe a week. They will not starve to death, but
they may make you think they will. Keep trying... water-packed
tuna may tempt them. Or table scraps... share a little of your
meal... pet them as they examine the fare.... later, if they eat
something, mix it with cat food.
"Feed name brands!
Don't scrimp on the price of food.... you get what you pay for.
Many store brands may be sawdust with fish flavor. You don't need
expensive vet food, but name brands mean a lot. Ask for help...
call me at (828) 293-0892 to learn what your kitty was eating in the past.
turned into a shelter may suffer from a past action of what they
perceive as abuse. He remembers... a short woman with glasses
chased him with a broom... or a tall dark man always tossed him
out the door, kicked him... etc. A small child may have
pulled his ears or tail. If you remind him of this abuse, he may
fear you. Only time may overcome such trauma.
you bring your kitty home, give him time. Let him explore his
new territory. Give him time to examine new foods. Give him
love when he wants it. Introduce other pets slowly. Don't
push... give it time... and in most cases kitty will soon adjust... then you will have a friend for life!
luck... and please feel free to call for help. We want you and
kitty to have a happy and lasting relationship. Remember
our return policy. We don't like to exercise this option, but a
happy relationship for cat and adopter is our goal... Let's talk about
Harold "Catman" Sims