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I had mice. I fostered 2 cats from a shelter. Now I have a cat problem… They were previously abused and 8 hours into living in our beautiful West Village home, they won’t come out of hiding 😭

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The shelter should be able to provide support or advice if they haven't already. It's not unusual for cats to hide for days or even weeks in a new space. Did you put them in a small enclosed room to acclimate first or just let them loose?

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Yeah not gonna lie, the transition is sometimes unfun, but it gets better. We had one of our foster cats in the one and only bathroom of our apartment for over a week. Plus we did our fair share of wrangling cats out from under furniture and cleaning up after stressed out cats. I'd say if the cats aren't in immediate danger and you don't have any precious objects they could get into, then it could be less stressful on them to leave them be to calm down. They may eventually venture out if you leave food/water/litter nearby.

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Call the Cat Whisperer Jackson Galaxy https://www.jacksongalaxy.com/

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8 hours is nothing! They may need days to decompress. Give it time

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Probably running from the ED so as to not get more work 😂

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I’m a nice ED tho. No churn!

Before you can say anything, we were asked to foster both cats because they were a bonded pair

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Agree with M1, if you can wrangle them put them in a small space if you haven’t already. Bathrooms and laundry rooms work well. They need to get used to the sounds and smells. They’re probably terrified

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Leave them for now! Don’t force it if they’re feeling safe back there. Just check and make sure they’re not stuck or hurt. And don’t run the w/d until they’re out

Update: well, some alarm by the washer/dryer was activated at 3am (not sure if the cats did it), I went to deactivate it and DROPPED it (😭), so we had to pull the machines out to take it out and now I’m guessing the cats are even more scared… both darted from behind the machines

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Take a breath and calm down. 8hours is nothing for a cat in a new environment, especially if they were abused previously. Give them time. Leave them alone. Few times a day sit close to where they hide but with enough distance so they don’t feel threatened, and just be there and talk, so they get used to your voice and presence. They need to be conditioned that it’s safe and you’re not an enemy. It’s a waiting game, but it’s worth it.

Only 8 hours? Those poor babies, just give them time.

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