this exact thing happened to my current cat... she is about 13 now.. we found her abandoned and my father took her in... whenever i got close or anyone else she would get scared and run everywhere... the trick is to let her come to you... kittys love to play with string, so try and move the string around near her.... also talk to her in gentle tones... that really does help... honestly it will take a little while maybe like a week of you and your family being around her. but like secularsara says, dont give her any unwanted attention. cats have personalities too.. and some just dont want to be messed with too much. oh yeah.. and some cats dont like to be picked up, like my cat, so dont do anything that she doesnt like...
oh yeah and invest in one of those lil red lasers... so fun for both you and your kitty!!
I would sit and watch TV (or something) in the room that she is in. Bring some cat food or something and sit it a few feet away from you. Talk to her if she comes out, but try not to force unwanted attention on her. This may take a few tries before she actually comes out though. Do it a few times a day until she starts coming out to get the food, and eventually she will get curious about you. Just let her get used to your presence before attempting to make a kitty/human friendship with her. She is probably scared, stressed, and anxious. There is no telling what her life has been like. Has she ever been around people? Has she ever been in a house? If not, she is probably more terrified that any of us can imagine. Give her time. :)
You need to realize that she will do things on her schedule not yours. It took 2 years (yes, i said years) before my cat would sit on my lap voluntarily. And she's still not a lap cat. Allow her to be and she'll warm up in her own time. I used to sing to mine when she was scared. But otherwise, just let her be. She'll come around when she wants to.
Good luck! Cats are basically very self oriented and dont really change. If it is still a kitty then there is still hope. Be very gently and try to feed from your hand as much as possible. Don't rough play with it as it may develop a habit that you will never be able to break. Also include it in your TV time.
Lots of patience. It might take weeks for the kitty to feel comfortable and really start to warm up to you. Try to be loving but also give him space when needed, try not to frighten him with loud noises. Its wonderful of you to take the kitty in and I am positive given a bit of time the kitty will love you!
Lots of gentle stroking and talking.
If you have an old ball of wool drag it round the floor for tit to chase.
it will feel happier when it knows you have time to play good cat games with it.
thats only because when a cat moves homes, the kitty hides during the day, and at night when everyone is asleep the cat will come out and explore the new place. my cat does that too...
Shes in my room so i been laying on my bed letting her know im here but respecting her space... her owners thru her out and then she was in a fat with big cats so my rescued her...
My dad has recently moved house and his cat Daisy has been hiding. It's unknown to her and new, but with time she'll get used to it and know theres nothing to be afraid of. :]
Try not to be to noisy, loud bangs etc. Lot's of stokes, some treats and eventually the kitty will warm to you and get to know your voice.
what do i do if she is always hiding tho like right now she is hiding behind my bed ans she been hiding sence last night wen we safed her
Well just try and spend extra time with kitty and try some kitty treats, that may help
I know, she's always been quite timid anyway. But she's getting there. :]
Just give the kitty time, its only been one night, it will take time