My brother is single and lives in a smaller, older two bedroom, two bath house he rents from my parents. Te most activity at his house is if I or my boyfriend stop by to visit. When he's home, he's usually got music playing (he's used to sound and people 24/7, so being in a quiet, empty house freaks him out a little). He got the cat for company and because he's not at a point in his life where he'd be comfortable dealing with a dog. He's also always preferred cats to dogs.
Now, on to poor Mr Kitty. The first evening, he stayed in his carrier and refused to come out. My brother left the cage door open that night so Mr Kitty could explore and put a collar with a bell on it on him (he's used to a collar with a bell, but the one that was on him originally was too small). Yesterday morning, Mr Kitty was hiding in the bathtub in the spare bathroom. He stayed there until noon when my brother pulled him out and made him stay in the main living area. Mr Kitty settled under a small table my brother had under one of the windows in the living room and didn't move for the rest of the day. I got to my brother's just after 5pm and stayed until 9:30pm, helping him with some stuff and then watching old Carol Burnett Show tapes. Mr Kitty did not move the entire time I was there, although about half an hour before I left, he started snoozing and actually relaxing/stretching out a little. This morning, my brother found Mr Kitty holed up in one of the kitchen cabinets and it's been a battle of wills ever since to keep him out in the main living area and not hiding. In addition to the constant hiding, the poor guy is shedding in huge clumps from stress.
So, my question is this: is there anything we can do to help Mr Kitty feel more comfortable and not so scared? How long should it take for him to acclimate? Any advice is appreciated. I know dogs and horses, but I'm not a big cat person. Heck, our cat thinks he's a dog and loves new/interesting situations, so I can't use him as a guide. Lol
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