Many people wonder why one of their cats is so timid around visitors and sometimes even them! There could be many reasons.
One of the main reasons for bashful behavior is past experiences: It could be that sweet kitten you adopted from the animal shelter was abandoned and left in the cold for several hours, even days before rescued. Many cats would act in response by retreating and increasing their caution with people who they now associate with being deserters.
Cats, who link mistreatment with human beings, will connect their sadness with those same creatures who left them alone and defenseless Timid kitties will be far less able to handle the new and the uncertain. Still, this doesn’t mean they will always be scared and skittish. .Be patient, loving and kind. Give her/him lots of good memories to cherish and hold dear.
There are so many aspects which influence the prospective taming of a feral; their genetics, their age, their experiences, and how their mother communicated survival skills. Many cats could be looked upon as feral in an unwelcoming shelter, then perk up and come to life in a happy home. Still others take up near-permanent residence under the bed.
If we have a cat who seems stuck in a continuous state of trepidation, you need to take steps to shut off their built-in survival alarms. The feline may not be aware that the danger has subsided; they are too panicked to realize the truth, right away and may even take months to realize things have changed in their favor
Tactics like shrinking their environment to a size they can manage, and using nutritional steps and pharmaceutical medicines to calm them, greatly helps their brain reset. It’s always rewarding to see that shy little kitten slowly come to trust his/her new caretake—you!