Very shy Oriental Cat


About 5 weeks ago we adopted a 4 year old lilac point siamese and a black oriental Cat. The owners were moving country so had to rehome their cats.

We were warned that the oriental cat was very shy and only came out at night when the kids had gone to bed, but was very friendly and especially liked spending time with the husband
.The siamese was friendly and sociable all the time. The previous owner did say it took 3 weeks for the oriental to settle in, she got them both at the same time when they were 4 months old.

We have now had the cats about 5 weeks. The siamese is totally at home, noisy attention seeking, plays with the kids, sleeps with us at night, the usual lovely siamese behavior.
The Oriental, I can honestly say, you never ever see him, He spends most of his time hidden under my daughters bed under the radiator and because he's black all you can see are these giant green eyes.

We try and get him out most nights after trying to find him and then unstick him the carpet. He doesn't usually try to run off, but it's almost like he's a stuffed cat, he just lies there and maybe just about purrs after about half an hour, you can't hear it just feel the vibrations. He is also very nervous of sounds
He leaves a sock every morning in his food bowl(I only know it's him because of the previous owner. He does play with the siamese at night as you can hear them hurtling around the house.

Is there anything we can do to make him happier, 12 hours surely in one place can't be fun for him, especially with the kids playing in the same room?

Thankyou x

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Jan 01, 2017
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by: Anonymous

I have a 4 year Oriental cat that is also very shy. When I have visitors at home he hides and you will never find him. I also have a Siamese cat that is social and very friendly with everyone.

Feb 19, 2012
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by: Beatrice

HI there,

It's still very early, he's only been with you for 5 weeks. He will need to get used to you and his surrounds and bond. He might be just plain shy as part of his breed and some genetic pre-disposition, they all have their own personalities. I think that he is still feeling insecure and unsure and you must re-assure him by constantly reminding him that he will not be harmed and that you all love him.

Hopefully in time things will improve.

Kind regards,

Beatrice from Ireland.

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