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25/06/2012 at 12:34

So far today we have made progess that I may have just screwed up by hoovering.

She came for a wander round the flat, jumped up onto my knees and had a cuddle. She then managed to get herself wedged behind my bed, covered in dust. Finally got her out and had to hoover up...currently destroying her litter box. Be glad when that has gone!

25/06/2012 at 12:42

Hi Mima

I adopted a nervous cat 16 months ago. I had to to let Archie go at his own pace, and gradually they come round. No point in trying to hurry them, they just need reassurance that everything is going to be OK. I have spent loads of time sat on stairs, in the kitchen on my knees, haunched under a bed...... just to get him to kow that I was OK, that I was a Friend.

Its Patience more than anything. Archie didnt (and still doesnt) like doorbells, tradesmen, sudden noises, anything that is not quiet. So I try to keep all that to a minimum.

But the rewards are fantastic! Once shes settled in, she will be fine. She sounds as if she is making headway.......

25/06/2012 at 14:53

On a more practical note, we inherited my gran's cat when she passed away.  He spent about a month (or it certainly felt that long...) living under a bed in the spare room, getting fat as butter because the only way we could encourage him out was with cat treats.  Still, once he'd accepted that gran wasn't coming back and that we didn't want to hurt him, he gradually settled down and (after months of persuasion!) accepted cuddles and would sit on our laps. 

25/06/2012 at 15:37
camillia sinensis assamica mouse wrote (see)

Yes, give her time and she'll soon let you know that she's in charge. SuuKyi was very timid until she discovered the garden. then there was no stopping her.

Suu Kyi?

Did you have her under house arrest?

25/06/2012 at 19:38

Aww she looks lovely - she'll get over the squeezing into teeny gaps soon enough!

Only thing to mention is get her insured, our new adoptee had a £400 operation on friday! She's curled up on her bed looking content now though. (hopefully the insurance will cough up!)

25/06/2012 at 20:44
mimaduck wrote (see)

Her previous owner has shipped all his stuff home, currently is living out a suitcase so she has nothing of the old flat to make her feel safer, poor love! Just really want her to be ok and happy and not scared!

Might be worth getting her old owner to donate some unwashed tshirts.

the scent from them might calm her or make good bedding??


26/06/2012 at 23:15

I have renamed the furry one. As of today, she is officially known as Coco. She's a complete diva...so Coco seems to fit her nicely. She squeaked at me when I called her the new name - I'll take that as a good sign.

27/06/2012 at 16:35
mimaduck wrote (see)

I picked her up and she sat on my lap for a bit - lots of hand/head bumping, purring and leg kneading

who was purring and kneeding - you or Coco?

27/06/2012 at 17:42

Heehee!! Coco is the purring and kneading one! Although I have been known to purr...

27/06/2012 at 17:56
Any more pics? So glad she is settling in
27/06/2012 at 19:29

I'll see if I can get her to stay still for a bit - or stop hiding. It's all or nothing with her at the moment!

27/06/2012 at 20:10

Give her time. She's a real cutie! My cat used to live behind the oven when there were strangers in the flat!

27/06/2012 at 20:31

Taken a few more - I'll post them in a bit

27/06/2012 at 21:36
Our feral cat lived in the cupboard for the first month. The estate agent got a surprise when she opened the door

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