First time cat owner with extremely shy cat - need help!
I have had Olive (adult, female British
shorthair mix) for about 2 months. I had to move apartments about two
weeks ago, and that was scary for her. I adopted Olive from a local
shelter - she had been picked up wandering along the side of a
highway. She is EXTREMELY shy and skittish and spends much of her
time hiding. I have been petting her as often as she wants to be
petted (although I am still learning to read her body language and
she does not set very strong boundaries so sometimes I unwittingly
pet her for too long), and over the past week I have gotten her to
play a bit (only for ~5 min. at a time, and halfheartedly at that).
She is eating and eliminating regularly, has seen a vet and is more
or less medically healthy. At the old apartment she lived with
another cat who was mean to her, but now it is just her and me. She
is definitely more comfortable than when I first brought her home,
but not by much. She only lets me pet her when she is in her "safe
zones," she has NEVER approached me to seek affection (or
anything else, for that matter), she is scared to be out in the open
(she needs to have her back to a wall and if I walk into a room where
she is out in the open, she gets terrified and bolts off to a hiding
place) and she is still reticent to play (and the little bit of play
that does happen only happens in her "safe zones"). I have
given her plenty of cozy hiding spaces in every room of the
apartment, a scratching post in every room (which she uses) and a cat
tree (which she does not use). To complicate things, she HATES to be
picked up or restrained, and protests with much hissing and
occasional violence, but though I respect her preference, I had to
restrain her to give her medication for a gum infection for her first
few weeks at home, and may have to do so again in the future (I do
not have to pick her up for any reason presently). Should I be doing
something differently? Should I stop approaching her and ignore her
until she comes to me? I love her immensely and I just want her to
feel safe and happy and loved, but this is my first cat and I am not
sure what to do. Please help.
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Can anyone give me some opinions?
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