Is it possible to help cats overcome their fear?
I was just wondering, would a timid cat ever change? Would they ever come out of their fear?
When ET was at the hospital, on the day of discharge, the nurses at the hospital was not able to get him into his carrier, cos he resisted badly. In the end we had to resort to using a basket with a large top opening, quickly put him in and then secure the cover with raffia string. But 2 weeks later, time for his vaccination, I managed to lure him into his carrier with treats (of course after the vaccine, when we got home, he gave me a very very hard bite). Now, this carrier is where he sleeps. Not that I can get him inside as and when I like, he doesn't buy that anymore, but at least his aversion to carrier was kinda lifted.
Next, is his fear of thunder/lightning/rain. Every time when it start raining, he will either freeze if he is not anywhere near his hiding place or he will belly crawl to his hiding place without fail. But, of late, I noticed he doesn't go into hiding immediately when we are around. He will still hide if he doesn't see us (sometimes we are either in the kitchen or bedroom), but the moment he see us, he will crawl out from his hiding place. So, I can see there is improvement. But, is it possible that he will completely overcome that fear, even when we are not around? Possible? A leopard cannot really change its spot? A timid cat will stay forever timid? cos there are still alot more other areas of his fear I need to work on.