13 Week Kitten still Hissing and Hiding
First time cat owner.
I have had my 13 week old Abyssinian for 11 days now.
I knew he was going to be stressed, scared, and shy at first
and he didn't eat, drink, or pee for almost 48 hours. I'm sure it didn't help that the morning
after I had picked him up we went to the vet for a check-up which probably
scared him even more. He now loves his
litter box, food, and water even though it took him some time to figure out how
to not tip over the bowl :).
I didn't come into the situation blind and knew that you
need to let the cat come to you. He has
been in my bedroom with his toys and everything else (I have been sleeping on
the couch to avoid further stress). I
feed him 3 times a day and keep the dish near me and a hiding place for him as
I sit in the corner of the room quietly.
He is very comfortable with this after our 11 days together and will
come right after I have sat down but will hiss then move on to his food. After he eats I use a wand toy to play with
him and he gets pretty excited over play time now.
Here is the issue. He
still won’t let me near him. He will
come up and sniff me but I would have to be sitting for nearly an hour quietly
in the same spot for him to even attempt this.
When hes playing with his wand he gets very close even sliding into my
legs at times but as soon as he sees my face he hisses and runs away (I try to
avoid direct eye contact during play as people have said that is cat language
for confrontation). I give him treats
that I place in my hand. He will hiss as
I extend my arm closer to him but then investigates my hand and takes the treat.
I understand this can take some time but does anyone else
have any tips? Spending 4-5 hours a day
just sitting quietly in a corner of a room for 11 days without much feedback or
change in the cats behavior is getting pretty tiring.
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