Sunshine Girl· Registered
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Hello I must warn you I’m a first time cat owner and not so sure that I have what it takes to be one. I recently adopted a 7yr. old cat from a surgical clinic. He arrived there at 4yrs old to be a blood donor, which he was until about 2 years ago. For some unknown reason he was never adopted after the donor period and lived at the clinic for two more years until this one lady adopted him. She returned him because he didn’t play well with her other cats. At the clinic he was friendly, loving, nibbled at my fingers, purred, sat quietly in my lap. Even when I stopped by my parents house he sat in my lap the same way. However when I got him home I left him in his crate in the bathroom by food, litter box etc with the door closed so I could buy his supplies. When I came home he was still in the crate. I tried to take him out to hold him but he wiggled out of my arms and into the crate. Then I left the bathroom door open and crate door open, he eventually came out roamed around, found my bed and has been under there ever since. Well, that is when I’m at home he is under the bed. At night when I’m asleep or during day when I’m not home he is running around, playing, eating, using the litter box, etc. I don’t know what to do. If this is his personality and doesn’t do well in a house but great at a clinic then he may not fit well with me. The last thing I want to do is return him, but I will if that’s what’s best for he and I. I tried to coax him out with treats, but no luck. He has a scratcher, toys to keep him occupied, but I want a cat who will be an emotional companion for me. I was thinking maybe the reason he did well in the clinic was because he couldn’t hide anywhere, he was always in a picking up distance of a human. In my house he can hide. Any advice you have would be appreciated; how long should I give him? Should I force him out from under bed and put him back in his crate in bathroom with door shut? Thank you for your time and help.