We adopted a 3 year old male cat from a shelter(only cat) about two weeks ago. The problem we have is that he hides all day. We've tried to bring him out from under the bed but he just runs and finds another hiding spot. We've tried playing with him but it seems like he doesn't know how to play. It's almost like he's been in a cage his whole life and doesn't know how to act now that he has all this room. The other night I woke up because he was making a lot of noise walking around on the counter, when I got up and tried to pick him up he flipped out and clawed the heck out of my hand. then he ran away again. I had an idea that I would close all the bedroom/bathroom doors which would force him to stay around us in the living room or kitchen. I was thinking that he might adjust to us better if he's not hiding all the time. Does that sound like a reasonable thing to do or should I just let him be? Oh, I should also mention that we are away at work all day so he's alone in the house for about 10 hours a day, Maybe that's part of why he is having such a hard time adjusting.