How to Get Your Cat Used to Visitors


Does your cat run and hide when the doorbell rings? Do your friends not believe that you actually have a cat? It’s not unusual for cats to run and hide when strangers visit. A cat’s natural instinct, when faced with something unknown, is to keep at a distance and observe. However, if your cat is fearful every time a visitor comes into your home, this creates ongoing stress for your cat.

Cats’ personalities vary from shy to gregarious. The good news is that, with patience and time, you can help a shy cat overcome her fearful behavior.

In a recent article for, I provided some tips to help shy cats overcome their fear of strangers. Click here to read the article.

7 Comments on How to Get Your Cat Used to Visitors

  1. Valpekurs
    March 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

    My cat is not afraid of visitors, but a very naughty one! He want’s to play hide and seek all day! And if you already stop looking for him, he’ll run fast and bump your feet and run to hide again.

  2. DJ
    January 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Good read. Mine is a friendly one. 🙂

  3. Margaret
    January 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm (3 years ago)

    One of our cats runs if he sees a blade of grass moving…. he has never been ill treated or badly used ever since we had him as a six week old kitten, but he remains nervous of visitors (not that we have many) and seems only ever to trust ME… well I feed him don’t I?

    The other two are friendly when it suits them to be, and show little fear of visitors.

    To each his own….

  4. Sweet Purrfections
    January 13, 2015 at 2:45 pm (3 years ago)

    we hide at first, but slowly come out if they stay long enough. We just don’t have that many visitors.

  5. Colehaus Cats
    January 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Our humans hardly ever have visitors over but when they do, all of us have our special hiding spots and no one knows there are nine of us. Well, right up until baby Viola comes out looking for kisses. She gives us all away. Our dad does like your socializing tips. We especially liked the one about rewarding with treats!

    • Ingrid
      January 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Treats are always a good thing!

  6. Krystal
    January 13, 2015 at 1:21 am (3 years ago)

    I have 3 cats and they all bum rush new people to get petted first. My female even throws herself on her back so the new person can rub her belly. They especially LOVE meeting new dogs that come over!


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