Will my cat hate me now?
(Penns Grove, NJ)
I recently adopted a cat from a shelter. I've been a dog person my whole life. I know next-to-nothing about cats. Well, recently, I moved into a house that I'm renting, and I'm not allowed to have dogs, but the people who own the house would allow me to have a cat.
I was excited when I had the opportunity to adopt a cat from the local shelter. I brought him home in a carrier.
I'm living in a two-story house. The upstairs has five bedrooms and one bathroom. The cat, as expected, went into hiding. I made the stupid mistake of petting it and trying to coax it out of hiding.
I went looking for it a couple of times and found him, but each time, he tried to escape. What I should have done was confine him to one room until he adjusted. I was just so excited that I wanted to play with him and show him affection, but now I fear he may not like me, given I annoyed him as he was trying to adjust.
On a better note, I confined him to one room with some toys, boxes, and food and water. I checked on him, and he ate the food, but is hiding under a piece of furniture. I take this as a good sign.
But, has irreparable harm been done? Will the cat not want anything to do with me?