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Shyness and Fear in Cats - the Scairdy Cat

Is your kitty a "Scairdycat?" Shyness and fear stem from a number of causes, but can be overcome with gentleness and patience, as these articles explain.

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Shyness and Fear in Cats
Is your kitty a "Scairdycat?" Shyness and fear stem from a number of causes, but can be overcome with gentleness and patience, as these tips explain. Is your cat trying to tell you something? The optimum word here is patience. You must allow your cat to set the pace, otherwise he or she may change from "flight" to "fight." Remember always that there are no "bad" cats, only uninformed cat caregivers.

The Shy and Fearful Cat
King County, Washington Animal Control Unit offers thoughtful, considered advice for bringing your scairdy cat out into the social world.

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