Timid cats can be loving pets

No two cats are the same. They are individuals with personalities and character traits, some of which need a little more attention and patience.

Cats in our care at the National Cat Adoption Centre come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are family cats from loving homes, while others are stray or abandoned cats in need of a warm bed.
While most cats settle into their new homes quickly and without issue, some remain wary despite a gentle welcome and need more time to get used to their surroundings.
As far as possible, we ensure that every new owner appreciates the needs of the cat they rehome from the NCAC. That is why we assess each cat’s background, temperament and needs, attempting to match these requirements with the ideal new home. 

Some cats in our care are nervous or timid, either due to experiences or just because they have not shared much affection or human contact. Naturally, some people can be disappointed if, on arriving home with their new cat, it hides and refuses to be the lap cat they had expected.

Cats can need time, patience and understanding if they are to become loving companions, as shown by some of our success stories, here.
At the NCAC, we can provide prospective owners with the advice and support on how best to integrate a new cat into their home, including tips on how to bring out the best in a shy cat. 

With love and patience, these cats will blossom in to wonderful pets. When that happens, the rewards can last a lifetime.

For the NCAC and our network of Cats Protection rehoming centres, timid cats can be difficult to rehome. Many people are unsure about rehoming an unconfident cat and can be concerned about the time and patience needed to bring the cat out of its shell.

In sharing stories of cats who have been rehomed, we hope that others can soon enjoy loving homes.

Some success stories come to us from caring owners and their happy cats. They are testament to how patient owners can bring out the best in their feline friends and allow them to bloom in their own time.

“We adopted Thai a year ago,' said one such owner. 

"She was a feisty little bundle of ginger fur. For a few weeks we wondered if she was going to settle. Why would we want such an angry cat?
 We renamed her Tia.

Our older cat gives her a wide berth, as she likes to be boss, but she greets visitors with friendly curiosity and everybody admires her.
"We are thrilled with her progress. Now we have a beautiful cat who likes nothing better than to snuggle up on a lap and be tickled."

Another story came about Gypsy.

Gypsy was a timid cat when she came into our care but it is good to hear that she is doing well in her new home with Briony, Hazel and Sean.
"Gypsy is a total delight. She settled so much more quickly and easily than we'd imagined. By day two she was playing happily with toys, and she  clearly feels very much at home.

"She's very affectionate, playful, and easy'to care for. She's happy to be groomed too.

"It feels as though she's been here for months rather than days!  So please rest assured that she's being well cared for, and is a happy cat!" 

Do you think you might be the right person to give a new home to cats like Gypsy?

Here are some of the timid cats in our care at the NCAC. To find out more… get in touch

Raquelle and Oscar (both fluffy, right) are brother and sister in need of some special care. This pair of delightful cats are only slightly shy but, when they are together, they curl up and wash each other for comfort. 

They came to the NCAC as strays and, while they are fine with other cats, they can be naturally nervous of dogs and would probably prefer slightly older children than toddlers.
Being long haired cats, they need regular grooming to keep their fur in tip top condition. Thankfully, they love the attention, so that is not an issue for this pair. With a little patience and lots of love, Raquelle and Oscar could be the perfect companions. 
Marmite is nearly nine years old. She didn't get on with children in her last home and has been unsettled by the move to our centre. She hides under her blanket much of the day, but what she really needs is a new home as soon as possible. 

We think that Marmite should go to a home without any children or other pets, somewhere she can relax and be treated with love, kindness and patience.


Minnie, nine years old, came to us as she did not get on with children in her last home. The change of scenery has made her seen quite shy and she takes sanctuary under her stool.

She is a stunning girl and, when she gets to know people, she rolls over and loves to be tickled under the chin. 
Minnie would like a quiet home without children or other pets, where she could get lots of confidence-building TLC."  

Can you give one of these cats a new chance in life? Please get in touch to learn more about these beautiful cats. We can also tell you how NCAC can advise those who rehome cats in need of a extra care.