We adopted Basil from Larimer Humane around 3 months ago. When we first brought Basil home all he wanted to do was hide, it didn’t matter where as long as it was dark. We ended up putting him in our spare bedroom next to ours which didn’t have any furniture, but he quickly made use of the closet to hide in. He was absolutely terrified of anything new and any noise that I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever truly see the real Basil. It took a few days until he finally wanted to socialize with us, and of course it happened at 4AM, but it was a pretty big breakthrough for him to even come out of his “bunker”.
Each week he got a little bit better and finally started coming out in to the main part of the house, but he was still hiding at noises and hid under our bed during the day. This continued for around a month and a half. My sisters watched all of the cats while we were gone for a trip in August, and only then did we actually get to see the real Basil. He is such a sweet boy even though he gets in trouble with our two female cats. He doesn’t hide anymore unless we have people over but with the progress he’s made since we’ve had him I don’t see that trait being permanent. I am very thankful that we’ve been able to get him out of his shell and that we came in that day. ~The Booth Family