Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Some Calicos are like yours, somewhat skittish, but can be dominant and house bossy with other cats. It can take an adult cat a few weeks to months to really feel comfortable in their new home. I've always loved Calicos, and when they have your trust are very loyal and loving, at least that's been my experience. Just have a lot of patience with her. If she's hiding under the bed go in and sit on the floor near the bed and just talk to her or read. Once she gets used to you being there and passive, she may start to come to you on her own, but if not entice her by bringing her a yummy treat.....tiny piece of cheese or chicken, or cat treat. Put it close to her but not too close. Each time make it closer to you. Bring her a toy rubbed with catnip. Try to entice her to play with a fishing pole type toy with feathers on the end. Eventually she should start to come out on her own to see what you've brought for her. Reach your hand out to invite her to rub on it, and when she does do a bit on her cheeks or chin or top of her head. She'll let you know what part she wants touched and which she doesn't. Don't pressure her to accept more than she wants, so lots of patience is required on your part to gain her trust. You can't force a cat to be friends with you, and it could be she had poor early socialization or some abuse that she can't trust people. She may feel comfortable enough to be near you but not a lap sitter. Good luck!
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