Caring for a Rescue Kitten

I just recently adopted this kitten. He is about 10 months old or so. His name is Tobi. But, I have been having a hard time getting him to trust me. He hides for days on end and hardly lets me touch him. I don't know much about his past encounters, due to getting him from a local shelter. But, I try giving him treats, I don't scare him or anything. I try to avoid that if possible. I have another younger kitten named Hiccup whom I've had for almost 5 months now. Hiccup seems to like Tobi, but not the other way around. I really want him to come around, but I'm not exactly sure on how to go about it.

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March 11, 20180 found this helpful
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Good advice here from those who have been there. It is quite likely you cat will come around with some time. If he does not, you have the option of allowing him to become a barn cat. Most rescues will not let you adopt a cat without telling you if the cat is feral (wild). So I will guess your kitten will come around, and he is just scared. You can always call the rescue and ask if the cat has been socialized (or not). Some cats that are not properly socialized do not warm up to humans. Rescues know this and adopt these cat out as barn cats where they have shelter and someone to feed them in return for keeping the mouse population down. Good luck.

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March 7, 20180 found this helpful

I had a cat that was completely wild and totally mean. The cat would try to scratch or bit you if you tried to touch it. I finally let it out of the cage and it went to hide under the bed. I just left the cat there. I would place the food in the normal spot, but it refused to come out to eat.


I finally had to place the bowl and water where the cat would see it. I sat on the floor away from the cat and watched it come out to eat, but when it saw me would run back under. I would move the food just a bit closer. The cat would eat the food while staring at me. This took about a week of doing this. I started to move a bit closer each time I fed the cat.

Then all of a sudden one night the cat came out and jumped up on the bed and laid down next to me. He let me pet him and scratch him behind the ears. However, this cat was savaged to anyone who came near it except me. I was the only one who could pick up the cat or even feed the cat.

More than likely this will happen to you. You will have to let the cat out of the cage, but when you do, make sure you can keep it in one area so it won't run away. When you go to feed the cat, place the food down and sit on the floor to watch the cat eat. Don't try to touch the cat yet. You can leave afterwards. Give the cat time and they will come to you when they see you are feeding them and not hurting them at all. It will take time for this to happen. This will all depend on you and how persistent you are about this. I would give my cat food like 4 to 5 times a day. Not very much, just a little bit at a time so I could make sure it ate all the food and I could watch him do this.

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March 7, 20180 found this helpful

You have no idea about the cats life before you got him. He could have been abused.


He may remain the way he is. You can try to keep doing what you are doing and he may come around, but his personality may be formed already.

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March 9, 20180 found this helpful

This is sad because you have no idea as to what circumstances this little one has had to endure and this will make it even more difficult for you to bring it around to being at ease in your home.

  • First, you need to understand that he must be terribly frightened and that is more prominent that hunger.
  • He may never (or at least for a long time) really be a "lovable" cat in that he may always want to be the one in control and may let you pet him but may never let you pick him up without "struggling" to get away.
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  • It seems that kittens personalities are formed at a very young age and that is why if you want a really lovable cat you will get one from a family that has nice kids that love kittens.
  • It is really difficult to know very much about a kitten/cat you get from a shelter but they all still need and want homes.
  • I would suggest that you try to keep the kittens in separate rooms as long as it seems necessary and put cloth items from each kitten in with the other cat (switch laying cloths). I would also put something that you have worn in the room area with the new kitten so he will get used to your scent also.
  • You may have to put a litter box as well as a water dish in both rooms. Feed both cats same time but maybe two times a day. Don't try to force the kitten to come out of his hiding place but leave them be for a few days.
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  • I have heard that it helps if the "master" talks to the frightened kitten as much as possible (or just talk on the phone etc) where they can hear your normal tone of voice.
  • Try to let the kittens see each other when possible but let them take their time making friends.
  • All of this will take time and a lot of patience but it may work and hopefully you will have 2 loving cats.
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March 12, 20180 found this helpful

UPDATE: Tobi is coming around finally but my other kitten still isn't getting along with him. So, I'm just highly worried I might have to give him back to the shelter that I got him from, but I really Dont wanna do that, he's so sweet and loveable it's just my other kitten dosent seem to care for him.


I've tried everything that I've been suggested so far

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March 17, 20180 found this helpful

Give him time. My kitten did the same thing. I was worried also. One morning I woke up and they were best friends! They are the same age as yours. I think they had a talk that night, lol.

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