Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Toronto, Canada
My Marmaduke was extremely skittish when I first got him. It took him a full year to come downstairs, and even now he hates coming into the basement, and has some rooms that he just will not go in. Whenever strangers come, he bolts for his safe space upstairs. It took us a long time to get his trust, but (after six years with him), he's turned into a total sweetheart. He sleeps with us, purrs like a motorboat, and runs along beside us as we walk, trying to hold up his end of the conversation. He's very much like a dog, greeting me at the door when I get in.
Skittish cats can be very rewarding :] It makes you feel kind of special, having a cat that hides from most people but spends hours on your lap.
You just have to be patient with Linky, and let him do things on his own terms. What I would do with Marm is sit on the floor and read or sketch nearby him, so that he got used to my presence. Cats are naturally curious, so eventually, once he realized I wasn't going to boil him in a pot, he started sniffing his way over to investigate. I just kept doing whatever I was doing, pretending not to see him, so he wouldn't be spooked.
Good luck with your Linky, and keep us updated!