Advice: Skittish Kittish

Dear Meankitty,

My dog Bijou and I found a little Persian on one of our walks. Someone had dumped her and she had been fending for herself for quite sometime. We actually had to trap her and get her checked out at the vet. She has been with us for 6 months now and still does not let either one of us get too near her. But she doesn’t seem to mind the steady diet of catfood and enjoys her regular groomings. She weighed in at just under 4 lbs when we found here and now tops the scaled at 8. Does anyone have any tips for us and how we can get her to at least tolerate our presence in the same airspace?

Signed,
Peggy

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Dear Peggy,

Since she lets you groom her, you can get one of those grooming mitts that goes on your hand like a glove. Perhaps she will allow that. And perhaps some cat toys, like a feather and a string on a stick? If not, you’re going to have to start carrying catfood in your pockets and a brush in your hand. But don’t worry, you’ll have all kinds of kitty friends if you do! Let the other humans turn up their noses at your odd smell. Your kitty friends are worth their weight in tuna.

Sincerely,
Meankitty

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One Response to “Advice: Skittish Kittish”

  1. Sharon says:

    It might also help if you and the dog aren’t always presented as a package deal. Put the dog in another room while you interact with the cat (excellent suggestion on the grooming mitt), and wait until you’re accepted before asking the cat to accept a DOG, too!