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Timid and scared-cats.

In adult cats there are two clear patterns of nervous, unsettled behavior. The two types are the dependent cats and the other is the timid cat. However, this distinction is only noticeable in connection with their owners. When the owner is absent, the depending cat's wariness may seem a little different to a completely timid cat that is not socialized to anyone.

Timid cat behavior.

Timid cats are vulnerable to stress, and some of their characteristics are induced by that stress. They can be generally very wary of people, disturbances and noises. These cats do not readily explore, if placed in new surroundings. Instead, they will often sit still or hide continuing to be stressed and nervous. Or if the cat runs immediately from strangers, this is a sure sign of timid cat behavior. In fact this timid Behavior may be a genetic trait and inherited in some cats. Handling early in their lives, produces better socialization in most cats, and this results in a less timid adult cat.

Dependent cat behavior.

Nervous, depending cats of the cat world are best described as very outgoing with their owners. But yet very shy of other people in general, and exhibiting nervous behavior. This type of cat in a family situation will gradually broaden their acceptance of other members of the family.

Kittens stand a higher chance of growing into nervous depending cats if they were small in size in relation to the litter average. Kittens handled by more than one person or more accepting of strangers later in life.

Nervous depending cats will sit on your lap more frequently, spend more time in your presence, paddle you more with the kneading behavior and rub near you or on nearby objects more frequently than most cats. When you arrive home, this depending cat behavior will show itself by gained confidence at your arrival and the cat outwardly rubbing against objects close to you.


For more cat behavior stories writen by Cindi and Mark visit their online cat behavior articles page. If your cats behavior has turned aggressive take a look at this article about how Cindi and Mark handled this aggression problem with their own cat.

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I have one cat that is fearless and attacks dogs and people. I also have one cat that is very timid and will not come out for visitors and in fact waits for 3 hours after the visitor leaves to come out to make sure the cost is clear.
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