My New Kitten Is Hiding: How Can I Help Her Gain Confidence?

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It is not uncommon to see little kittens hiding under a bed, sofa, or another piece of furniture when they arrive in a new environment. Create a relationship of trust with your pet to encourage him to go out and discover his new home.

Did you bring a new kitten home, but it hid as soon as you opened its transport crate? Don’t worry: with the right gestures and a little patience, your little one will gain confidence and will soon be the king of the house!

Create a calming space for your kitten

Your kitten will be more reassured if it is in a quiet place, or even a little dark: the darkness is reassuring for cats!

Give him access to a quiet space, and let your cat discover his environment quietly, at his own pace. Have him discover one room at a time, if possible, so as not to overwhelm him with new information and smells.

It is also recommended to keep near the cat any accessory from its previous homes, such as toys or comforters, as well as its old bowls or toiletries. The smells will be able to appease him in this unknown environment.

You can also leave them in a box that you leave at the disposal of your kitten so that he hides there if he wants!

cat hiding under a sofa

Leave your kitten in its hiding place

It will certainly be very tempting for you to go look for your kitten in its hiding place, a treat in hand, to encourage it to come out with an encouraging voice. But in reality, it’s best to leave the animal on its own until it feels like going out.

You may have noticed that cats come to stick to people who do not approach them, and sulk those who want to cover them with petting! They love being able to manage the contact they have with humans and other animals, even when they are adults and in their own territory! 

So imagine a confused little kitten: it will need time to feel comfortable. Be patient and calm, and your cat will gradually gain confidence.

Show your cat that you are trustworthy

Even if you are sweet and affectionate, your little kitten might be afraid of you because he does not know you yet. So you have to prove to him that you want his good, and don’t go and hurt him.

This means that you should not get upset when he does something stupid or has accidents. Also avoid hugging the animal if it doesn’t want to: you will have plenty of time for this later, if your cat likes to be carried!

Do not worry that your kitten will be hungry by dint of hiding: just show her where her kibble and water bowl are, and stay away from this place except when you are filling with water. new bowls. 

You will then be able to speak in a calm but cheerful voice while serving him his meal, so that your animal associates your voice with the food. Then, leave your animal alone in the space where there is its bowl, and it will come out of its hiding place to eat if it is hungry.

When the kitten comes out of its hiding place, stay calm

While it can be difficult, try not to have a loud or sudden reaction when you see your kitten come out of hiding! This is all the more true if the kitten approaches its bowls: it might believe that you are going to steal its food, and become stressed or fearful.

Stay calm and silent, and pretend you haven’t noticed. Your kitten is testing the roommate with you: show him that you are harmless by ignoring him if he does not come to you. 

Little by little, over the days, he will dare to approach you and may ask for caresses or attention.

What if my kitten continues to hide?

To help an anxious kitten, a course of probiotics can be used to avoid digestive problems that can be caused by stress. A course of probiotics is particularly indicated for an animal at the beginning of its life, which has a still very vulnerable immune system, and will also have the beneficial effect of positively influencing the well-being of the animal.

If your kitten continues to hide all day after arriving at your home for several days, you can contact your veterinarian if you are concerned that he is in pain in his paws, and ask if any probiotic treatment would be adapted to the situation of your animal. 

You can also seek advice from the shelter or kennel where he comes from, to learn more about the habits he had in his old home and help him make the transition to his new life.

shy cat hiding

It is also possible to bring a sense of well-being to a kitten by playing quiet music, as long as it is not too loud, or recordings of purring, birdsong or soothing water sound.

Watch your kitten closely to understand its behaviour: if he seems to like it, you can continue, but if he shows signs of discomfort or distress, just turn off the music!

In the majority of cases, a kitten hiding in its new home will begin to relax after a day or two, if only out of curiosity for this environment to explore! Stay calm and patient, and your kitten will quickly come and give you a loving paw!

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