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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Robyn    Houston, TX

9/25/2011 11:12:59 AM

These are some good tips. I have a "scaredy cat" that runs under the bed for everything. Feliway didn't do anything for her behavior either.

Doreen    Harvey, LA

3/16/2008 10:01:10 AM

I have a cat that is so shy she will not come out of the bedroom I have had her 2 years now and still she runs when I walk in the room. Please help me calm her down.

vivian    salem, OR

10/20/2006 10:10:59 AM

this is a great column to have for your readers. Very much enjoyed it.

Vivian W

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