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9 Ways to Turn Your Scaredy Cat Into a Confident Kitty

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Keep her environment peaceful
If you’re playing loud music, if your kids are playing their new video game at full blast, if the dog is sniffing around her hideout, or if you’re yelling from room to room, for example, that’s going to be too much for her to take.

Come Bearing Gifts

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This one likely comes as no surprise to experienced cat owners, but cats love being around you more when you have food or toys with you. Cats seem to prefer interacting with people around mealtime or while playing, so you should totally try to buy your cat’s love.

This can go too far, of course. Don’t let your cat become overweight due to your bonding efforts, and respect their decision if they don’t feel like playing. Otherwise, though, you can use a snack and a feather to create a wonderful bonding experience for the both of you.

Build her confidence with play
Once your cat has gotten confident enough to come out of hiding, even if she’s just slinking around the edges of the room, start engaging in some gentle, interactive play. Place the feather end of a teaser toy on the ground and then jerk it around in tiny little motions to get her attention. If she looks at the toy and starts acting interested, play with her a bit more, then praises her bravery and give her a treat.

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