Female Cat is Skittish... Personality? or Could it be Something Else?
Juno, our 2 year old female, is VERY skittish. She has been since we brought her home six months ago. She will arch her back downwards when you try to pet her, as if your hand will hurt her if she is touched. She does not like to be held, pet, or any other sort of human contact. She will sit on my boyfriend's lap and follow him around, yet she won't allow him to pet her while she's on his lap.
I'm wondering if this is just her personality, which is fine if it is. But I want to make sure she is confortable. We have another cat, Caesar, who is much bigger, but they seem to enjoy eachother's company. They cuddle, groom eachother, and play (non-aggressively) wrestle all of the time. He is larger, and therefore more dominant, so he is always the first to the food bowl, the one who sleeps on the bed with us, etc. etc.
I'm hoping he isn't too dominative over her, causing her to be skittish towards us. What are the signs that her shyness and avoidance are not due to personality, but instead environmental factors?
I just want her to be as comfortable as possible, even if that means I never get to touch her, or even if it means finding her a new home where she is more comfortable with her surroundings.