Mr. Personality

With patience and gentle coaxing, you can help your kitten overcome a shy personality.

By Pam Johnson-Bennett

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I know you give both cats equal attention but make sure they each have enough places to escape, that there are plenty of vertical areas (such as a cat tree or a window perch), and that they each have adequate space at the feeding station and the litter box. It's a good idea when you have opposite personalities to set up two feeding stations and more than one litter box as well. This way, the more timid cat won't feel as if he's going to be ambushed by the other cat.

Best,
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC
IAABC-Certified Animal Behavior Consultant

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Cathy    Hubbard, OH

7/18/2008 4:58:24 AM

Good information. I had a timid cat around strangers and I would go pick him up to show people how big he was and he started running from me when people were over, as he knew I was going to drag him in front of people. This sounds like a good way to make them feel safer.

Elizabeth    Marshall, MN

6/3/2007 1:26:37 PM

Remember to keep the process slooooooow. It can take a long time for a feline to adapt comfortably. Try not to push Angel too far too fast; go at her pace or you may risk regression. I read this in one of Pam Johnson-Bennet's books. I hope I relayed it correctly.

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