Shy or Fearful Cats (cont.)

What NOT to Do

DO NOT force your cat to get close to someone he's afraid of. Doing that will only increase his fear, and you or your visitors could get scratched or bitten.

The ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist specializes in the resolution and management of pet behavior problems only. Please do not submit questions about medical problems here. Only licensed veterinarians can diagnose medical conditions. If you think that your pet is sick, injured or experiencing any kind of physical distress, please contact his veterinarian immediately. A delay in seeking proper veterinary care may worsen your pet's condition and put his life at risk.

If you are concerned about the cost of veterinary care, please read our resources on finding financial help.

SOURCE: ASPCA.org