Generally, scared cats feel their best in a calm house without young kids, and for “mittens” to gain more confidence such an environment is most favourable. A tame and timid cat will usually be affectionate with at least one person in the household, but not if it is feral. Typically, these cats have the instinct to keep their distance and like the outdoors. Kittens can become fearful depending where they were born and raised. With patience, cat caretakers can help create a more approachable personality for their little mouse hunter.
On the prowl
Provide your cat with some toys, and when you notice him or her playing with it, be nearby and watch. Proceed to slowly get closer until an unhappy expression is performed, and stay where you are. Planning scheduled play sessions can also be helpful. When creating a routine, a sense of interaction can encourage confidence around one another. Another fun trick to liven up your kitty is to tie a string, ribbon or belt around your ankle. The cat might follow you, and freely want to discover what’s attached to you. If he or she is curious enough, stand still and let the investigation continue.
Safe and sound
It is important to never let your cat feel like there is no safe place to be in the house. If your cat is alone and relaxed in a hiding spot do not try to pull him out of there. This would go against its will, causing him to run away, attack or avoid you by hiding in a more confined space. Overall control of their surrounding is very significant to his/her future friendship. Some encouragement and soft chatter while low to the ground, or even foods can reassure bravery to visit you. This will appear as a positive interaction.
A cat’s trust can rely on how their needs are treated. Scooping out their litter box once a day, feeding them and interacting with them on a consistent time schedule will help them to admire you. Being pet gently from a side angle around the head and in-between the ears should not be threatening, but do not be forceful. This will reassure him or her to be less startled throughout the day. Loud noises and staring can startle your cat as well, and they may require you to walk around them from a further distance.
Cats have their own pace to feel calm enough to communicate with you, don’t rush it, especially if they are adults. Some scaredy cats are just more private than others.