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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:44 pm 
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Hello!
We have a new Bengal kitty, 5 months old who isn't super active. We have only had her for 5 days so I am sure she is still getting used to us. She still spends a lot of time hiding (we keep her confined to one room for now most of the time) but is slowly warming up to us. She is quite shy and timid still.

Is that normal that she isn't really active yet? She is eating and drinking well an using her litter box. She is an indoor cat.. The pic is one her breeder sent us.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:55 am 
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It's quite normal. Just go at her pace, she'll investigate in her own time and explore more and more. Just remember that every experience she has will have an impact on her as an adult. Make as many positive associations with interactions as possible and don't let bad behaviour go unchecked.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:09 pm 
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Yes this is very normal, my two didn't do too much except hide for the first few days. I'm sure she'll be keeping you on your toes in the near future though!

Congratulations on your new addition!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:41 pm 
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Is that normal that she isn't really active yet?


She is planning and calculating and working out the relative values of everything in the room that is breakable. ;-)


Seriously though, her little world has changed completely, it will take her a bit of time to get her bearings and stop hiding and start zooming.

One thing that I have recommended before here and done with my own cats who were hiding a bit - go into the room, UTTERLY ignore her, and talk - nice calm, gentle talk. The ignoring her - don't make eye contact or acknowledge her presence unless she comes to you, is to make her feel un-threatened by your being around, the talking - it can be anything, perhaps read from a book or magazine, gets her used to your voice. In time when she is starting to peek out from under the bed absent-mindedly play with a feather toy - she'll soon forget that she's meant to be scared about the strange human in this strange new territory with all its strange smells.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:47 pm 
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Thanks so much for the great advice :). So heartbreaking to know how scary all this must be for her right now!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:16 pm 
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Since she is hiding, she is scared and not comfortable in her surroundings. Every cat reacts differently when you bring them into a new home. You need to be patient. Once she settles in, you will not be able to keep up with her. It just takes time and patience!!! In your other post, you said that she'd grown up at the breeder's. Hopefully, the breeder made sure she was socialized and played with her.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:19 pm 
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Awe she's adorable. Give her time and be patient. She'll come around soon. Her reaction is totally normal.

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