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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-11-2018, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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New Adopted Kitten still hiding

Hi, I adopted my first kitten (he's 5months, 3 weeks) and at the shelter he was obviously shy of new people, but warmed up and allowed me to cuddle him. They said he was not socialised properly and was semi-feral,when he came in to the shelter. I took him home Thursday (5 days ago) and he's been hiding under our couch during the day. With time and patience, he is easily coaxed out and loves playing, exploring and cuddles (he drools when he's super happy). But he seems to retreat under the couch all the time, especially during the day. He will be playing, then if I stop interacting with him, he'll disappear under again. He is eating, using his litter box and exploring at night. Do I just keep being patient with him, and trust he'll stop hiding under the couch?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 05:53 PM
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He sounds much more friendly than most ferals, and he shows signs of affection (drooling) and enjoying a cuddle, so just keep on playing and being patient with him. Doesn't hurt to use bribes such as a treat when you go to see him under the couch. After a while he should come and greet you as he anticipates a treat. It may take a few weeks or more....just go with his pace and don't force it. I think he has great potential to be a super friendly lap sitter. Good luck!

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2018, 12:30 AM
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I like the treat bribe idea too. Positive reinforcement. He’ll come to associate you with something positive. Maybe a window perch or cat tree with some treats or catnip so he can find a new space? Good luck!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2018, 07:49 AM
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When my best friend died, I inherited one of his cats, a spayed adult female calico. She'd always been a housecat, very tame.

It took her more than 2 weeks to begin to come out of hiding on her own.... more like a month. Then she was fine.

Give your little guy time, he's got more adjustment to do than mine did, but he's young and may work through his suspicions faster. 5 days is nothing. Give him 5 weeks and see how he's changed. I'd not push him, just let him work in his own time.
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