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Adopted a siamese
Glorienid posted:
Hi all. My boyfriend and I are going on our third week with our new friend Buster. Buster is a one year old Siamese cat and only had one female owner. He was strictly an indoor cat and the previous owner lived in a studio apartment.
That being said, we moved Buster into our three bedroom apartment and I believe he is having trouble adjusting. The first week was awful, (he has gotten much better vocally) all he would do was walk through each room and yowl loudly. He would come up to us and let us pet him, then within a few minutes "something" would spook him and he would run off to hide. The only place he seemed comfortable was our bedroom.
Three weeks later, Buster seems to spend all day in our bedroom, mainly until I come home. He has gotten to following my around from the bedroom to the closet room (right across) and will meow after me if I leave him behind in the bedroom. I try to give him as much attention as possible, but I cannot sit in my bedroom with him all day. He still refuses to spend time in the living room, or any other part of the apartment. Our bedroom is sort of closed off from everything else. It's almost like he is afraid of half of the house and if he does have to enter it, will do so as fast as possible and always ends up running off to hide. Most of the time he only wanders in there during the night, since I have noticed that's when the food disappears and the litter box gets full.
I am not sure what else to do to make him comfortable with the rest of the house. I have been offering treats whenever he seems to wonder into the living room, which he loves but then runs off again to go into the bedroom. I know only time will allow him to adjust, but is there anything else I can do to help Buster?

rohvannyn responded:
Get him high on catnip to help the anxiety? If he has things with his scent on them, perhaps leave some of them around so he knows it's his territory too? And give him time. Some cats take forever to adjust.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Congratulations on your new cat! Yes, it does take some time for a cat to adjust to new surroundings. Everything you're doing is correct and it will take some time. Consider adding one or two pheromone diffusers to your house. These often have a calming effect on cats and may speed the adjustment period.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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