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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2018, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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new kitty hiding

Hello hello!

Yesterday I adopted a shelter cat that the staff dubbed QT (Quirky Tail) for her bent tail (though I am considering Luna or Nova as new names). She was rescued from a feral colony, but they suspect that she was dumped there by somebody else as she does not really like other cats. She has been at the shelter for over four years now.

Currently she is hiding behind a cardboard box and has shown no will to come out, not even to eat or potty. I will be updating her progress as she gets used to her new surroundings!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-12-2018, 02:10 AM
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Hi there!

Oh my goodness, what a little cutie (ha ha) she is!

It's wonderful that you adopted a kitty who'd been at the shelter so long. I've been considering adopting new kitties, and I've been looking specifically to adopt kitties who've spent a long time at a shelter. It just seems so sad that they've spent all this time in cages.

I'm not at all surprised that she won't come out. After 4 years in a cage, she probably feels safe in there. I would put her food, water, and litterbox in the room with her and then leave. I'll bet when you get up, she'll have touched at least one of them. I would also not push her to come out before she's ready. Maybe just sit in the room with her, doing your own thing, and not trying to get her to come out.

Please do keep us posted! Once she gets adjusted, she'll probably be a totally different cat!
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Hi there!

Argh, I just typed up a post and it disappeared.

Anyway, what a fitting name - she absolutely is a cutie!

It's wonderful that you're giving her a chance and a home. I've also been looking to adopt kitties who've been at a shelter for a long time. It's so sad to think about a cat spending that much time in a cage.

I'm not surprised that she hasn't come out yet. After 4 years in a cage, she probably feels safe in a confined spot. I'll bet that if you leave food, water, and her litterbox in the room with her and let her be, that you'll find that at least one of the above will have been touched overnight. I would definitely allow her to come to you first. Maybe just sit in the room with her doing your own thing, almost pretending that she isn't there, rather than trying to coax her out. She may also adjust more quickly if you confine her to just one small room if that's possible.

Please do keep us posted. I'm sure she'll be a completely different cat once she's settled in and comfortable!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-12-2018, 06:52 AM
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QT indeed! Let her take her own sweet time. It must be a frightful shock, from a feral colony to 4 years in a cage to your home, gracious! Talk about needing an adjustment period! I cannot imagine....

I agree with spirite - those all sound like good ideas.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 01:04 PM
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I suggest to use calming pheromones and to touch her unless she is interested. She is very cute!
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