I adopted a three year old male cat from a local shelter on January 22. He had been at the shelter since July and came from a hoarder's household. I don't know how extreme the conditions were, but he was one of twenty cats. The shelter is unusual as all the cats live out with each other in a good size room. She doesn't have too many, but it's a cage free environment. He was mingling with the others and took some food from me the first day we met. I was told he will probably hide for a while. His tendency when overwhelmed is to phase out and tune out and turn inward.
He has moved into my bedroom living under the bed. He comes out as soon as I shut the lights out and go to bed. He seems to be enjoying being out at night, roaming around, eating, using the potty and exploring. He sleeps on the sofa too. It's a small house and he leaves signs or makes a noise. If I get up in the night, he sees me and scurries away to hide. I don't mind all this activity. He is eating and at least, active in his own way.
I started reading in the evening in the room next to the bedroom, it's a small sitting room and twice he came out to take a look at me, sitting near the threshold. He's such a cute, quiet little kitty. How do I make him more comfortable? How do I approach such a shy guy and help him find confidence in his new home? I checked in with the shelter manager, and she thought after a week, his progress was good and normal for him. Anybody else experience life with a shy kitty?