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Adopted an adult cat and he hates me. How to help him adjust?
A week ago I adopted an adult cat. Maybe "inherited" is a better word. This cat lived with a single guy for a few years, he got married and the girl's allergic to the cat, so he had to go. He's five years old, an indoor cat, he's been declawed, and from what I've been told he's very affectionate.
When he arrived I expected him to hide for a couple days, but this guy's done nothing BUT hide. The first day he got here he disappeared, and I didn't know where he was. I was doing some laundry and he flew out from behind the dryer. I'm sure that didn't do much to calm his nerves.
He's eating, drinking, and using the litter box, but he's always in flight mode. You know that thing cats do, keep their hips really low to the ground, move really slowly until they've gotten the lay of the land, and then dart away.
Since the washing machine incident, I've kept the door to that room closed (which is a drag because that's where I planned on keeping the litter). I've discovered another one of his hiding places; the space between my office desk and the wall. He crams himself face-first into the corner, which really can't be comfortable. I think now I'm going to keep the door to my office closed now too. Is that a smart thing to do? Close off his hiding places so he can't help but be sociable? I'm worried that this will backfire, and he'll try harder to hide in what's available, and end up getting hurt or stuck somewhere.
How much time does a cat generally need to adjust to not only new surroundings, but a new person as well?
I know the rule here with a cat thread is to post pics, but I haven't been able to take any... As soon as he chills out, I'll be sure to comply.