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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2005, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Would this be cruel? UPDATE

My unsociable 2 cats live in the closet above my wardrobe and they are just not adjusting. They do come out at night to eat etc. Would it be unkind of me to wait until they are out of the closet and then shut the closet doors so they can't hide in there anymore? They've been in there about 2 weeks....
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This would not be unkind or cruel at all. However, if they're timid cats, they're going to be unhappy and uncomfortable without a place to hide. If you don't allow them another hiding place, the stress may come out in behavior you don't want to see.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2005, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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This would not be unkind or cruel at all. However, if they're timid cats, they're going to be unhappy and uncomfortable without a place to hide. If you don't allow them another hiding place, the stress may come out in behavior you don't want to see.
There's space underneath my sofas. I just think this closet thing has gotten ridiculous and if I let it go on presumably they will just stay there forever, coming out when I'm not around for food....
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2005, 07:31 PM
 
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did you just move there?

Personally, I wouldn't do that. Let them be comfortable... if they never come out, well then. I wouldn't want to force my kitty to be uncomfortable They will probably come out in time
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I would let them stay here for as long as they need to. They will come out when they are ready.
I would be afraid that if you take away their "safety zone" they may react in a way you won't like. Then no one will be happy.
Two weeks really isn't so long. Would you be willing to give them two more weeks?


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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2005, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wow! To my surprise Demon, one of the unsociable cats showed affection this evening. He came up to me rubbed his head against me, purred when I stroked him and rolled onto his back and showed his tummy, even though he WASN'T EVEN LOOKING FOR FOOD. He kept coming back for more stroking. If I made any sudden movement he ran away. But he kept coming back. This is the first time he has shown any interest in me at all apart from getting food out of me. Perhaps there is hope for Demon yet!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2005, 12:19 AM
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2MaineCoons, it will just take time for your kitties to be comfortable -- I would just let them do their thing. Have you tried any interactive toys like Da Bird or a Laser Pointer to get them moving around?
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2005, 12:30 AM
 
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I agree with Hippyhart, if I remember correctly you haven't had them for that long and some cats can take over a month to adjust to a home especially older shelter cats.

I wouldn't close the door. Maybe just get some fleece blankets to throw on the couch with some cat nip?

good luck.
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