Is your cat too shy to socialise? This short guide explains why some cats are shy and how you can help them relax around people.
Does your cat recoil from your touch or spend most of the day hiding behind the sofa? There are many reasons why your cat might be shy, nervous or timid, but you can often help your cat to relax by being patient, calm and sensitive to their needs.
Most importantly, never lose your temper or force your cat to interact when they're not ready. By taking your time and gradually earning their trust, your cat will be much happier.
You may find it helpful to ask your vet for advice.
Timid behaviour could be caused by:
Genetics - some cats are naturally more cautious than others.
Lack of socialisation - if cats do not socialise with humans, particularly during their first eight weeks of life, they may be stressed or frightened by human contact.
Bad experiences - if your cat has been harmed or scared in the past, they may be more wary of people.
Signs that your cat is scared include:
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You can help your cat to feel safe and secure by:
Your cat should gradually relax as it learns that you do not present a threat. As your cat becomes braver you can try:
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