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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2011, 09:11:29 AM »

I went to bed at 2 am, he talked for quite awhile after that.  DH got up at 5:30 for work, started looking for him at 6 but couldn't find him.  So I joined the search party.  We knew he had to be somewhere Cheesy  I checked the netting under the couches and the beds and chairs.  Looked into the piano cabinet.  No Kozy.  I finally found him curled up inside the top cubbyhole of the cat condo.  We had each looked there about 4 times, failing to check the hole that faced the wall.    Duh Grin    

He panicked when he saw us and ran into our bedroom and under the bed where he still is.  We have kept food within his reach at all times, but he hasn't touched it.  I am off to get some kitty crack and wet food that contain fish, according to the shelter that is what he prefers for wet food.  

I need a nap  Smiley

eta:  I even looked in the refrig and DH said what? he's not in there!  I said, go talk to Meowli Shocked
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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2011, 09:18:52 AM »

Ahhh, poor Kozy. He found a nice, "kozy" spot to sleep and got frightened. Shelter kitties can be pretty skittish when they first arrive at their forever homes. Just feeling things out. I'm sure he will be out from under the bed and back in that "kozy" spot in no time!  Wink Once he comes out from under the bed, he'll forget all about his "rude awakening".
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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2011, 09:33:39 AM »

Aw, poor sweetie.  He will figure out his new territory soon and make himself at home.  I just hope he lets you both sleep tonight!
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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2011, 09:36:05 AM »

My little hiders (and it becomes a game once they're no longer really afraid  Tongue) usually often come when I shake a kibble bag and yell "wanna cookie?" ....find what Kozy absolutely can't resist and shake the container.  Then he gets a reward for being a good kitty. In short: you need to bribe him out of hiding.... Grin

The fridge, cabinets, up inside mattresses, locked in closets, they just love to drive us crazy...
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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2011, 01:31:27 PM »

Note to self:  Close the doors to any rooms containing beds Roll Eyes  He's still under ours.  I've offered him a number of different smelly fishy foods but he just looks at them.  Of course I leave them there but an hour later they're still not touched.  He's got to be hungry Undecided

I was sort of tippy-toeing around because every little sound startles him, but it occurred to me that I can't live that way and he's going to have to get used to life's noises at some point anyway.  The wind is howling, the trash trucks came and the lawn aeration people came, so I figured I might as well add to the cacophony with laundry and dishes, etc. 

I found out that he was at The Maxfund shelter since last August.  He hasn't been in a cage, though.  He was in a large room w/frosted windows and probably 15 other cats.  And prior to that he was living with 30 other cats (a well-meaning hoarder).  Even with the visitors looking to adopt, I doubt that he's had very much one on one attention.  He was quite content and comfy-looking when we first saw him.  So we will go very slowly and let him call the shots.  I just wish he'd eat!  I'll feel so much better.
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« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2011, 02:36:20 PM »

I wonder if the wind is scaring him, with being inside that large room for so long, maybe they couldnt hear the wind from in there.  Fizzy, Sophers hid under the couch for 2 days when we got her as a kitten and I could get her to eat very little. We just kept pulling her out a couple of times a day and petting her, etc and after about 3 days she stayed out and started exploring. Just keep putting food close to where he is at.  He's just had it rough before coming to stay with you and this is all new to him, the poor little guy!  Kiss  Its gonna be OK Fizzy.  {{{hugs}}}
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« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2011, 03:18:29 PM »

I expect that since he's gone through a lot of stress, it will take him a little while.  If you leave food out, he may "sneak" to get it when you are asleep, and all is dark and quiet.  I've known some skittish cats in new surroundings to do that.

I agree with Sandi.  Your new mantra is, "It will be OK."  Wink
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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2011, 03:29:50 PM »

Sandi and catbird, Mwah  Kiss  I know he'll be just fine, I'm just an anxious new mom!  I was able to maneuver the plate much closer to him just now, where he didn't have to move more than an inch!  He licked at the Weruva for a little bit and seemed to like it.  But he still needs to eat more than that.  I left it in the same place.  I think when DH gets home, we're likely to see him come out.  Thank You both!
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« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2011, 04:38:34 PM »

I was wondering that, if he's a daddy's boy, it will be interesting to see if he comes out when daddy gets home.  Bet you didnt know DH was going to have to quit his job, did you? lol   Also, Im wondering if you should put down the same food he was eating at the shelter, at least for now and then try to switch him later after he's gotten over his skittishness?  Or you might have already done that.  I'd be just as anxious as you are..in fact I was, when we first got Sophs.  Kiss  You just want him to be happy in your home and he will be.
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« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2011, 04:41:05 PM »

Try leaving a small bowl of the dry he was eating at the shelter in his favorite hiding spots. I'll bet when no one is around he will eat some of it. It took us a month to coax Punkin to the top of the basement steps, so give him some time.  If he seems to take too long to settle in, you may want to think of adopting another cat that he was with. Maybe safety in being with someone familiar would help. I think you have some time before needing to consider that though. Sandi beat me to the dry suggestion.
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« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2011, 06:59:54 PM »

Fizzy, catnip is your best friend. Give that a try. I know he'll come around. Heck, it took 6 weeks of Fancy Feast and catnip to get Red to warm up to me. There's no way it's going to be that long for Kozy. I think he'll eat when you're asleep, as well.
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« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2011, 09:36:20 PM »

This is so exciting Fizzy! I'm sure he'll come out when he realizes this is his home now. He sounds like a sweet cat. Stormy also hid when I first got her. Not all the time, but when she was nervous from noises outside or just when she wanted a safe place to sleep, she would hide under the couch. She still does it when she wants some privacy. She was under there today in fact! I'm looking forward to pictures of your new boy!
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« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2011, 09:58:47 PM »

Like clockwork, DH came home, Kozy came out Cheesy  I was thinking, most cats sleep during the day so he's no different.  Right now he's downstairs yowling at the walls! 

He has a had a couple more bites here and there.  I have left the shelter food out thruout the house since yesterday, so I've got that part covered.  And I just discovered that he has peed in the second box, so he knows about those, relief.

Tonight, he ventured into the family room with us, talking the whole time.  If I let him approach, he'll let me pet and scritch him forever Smiley  I was able to get a super cute video of him on my cell phone, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to share it, either by e-mail or to Itchmo.  My brother said it just shows up in his email as a bunch of letters and characters.  Undecided  It's QuickTime Player format.  If I can find a way, I'll post it.  It is a must-see.

bug, you are spot-on with the catnip!  We put some on those cardboard scratching posts yesterday...made him very silly.  And tonight he was scratching the heck out of it.  Good Boy!  He did scratch the arm of the couch too, but the minute DH said no, he stopped.  I have no idea if/when he will let me trim his nails.  That would help a lot!
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« Reply #28 on: April 05, 2011, 11:16:55 PM »

Catnip to the rescue. Kozy must be really cute when he's acting silly. He will get used to everything given time as he just came from a place with 14 other cats for company and now has two humans all to himself - big adjustment and he might be missing his peer group for awhile - then come around and know he is safe and loved in his forever home.
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« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2011, 02:48:25 AM »

I can't wait to see the video!
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