5 months ago I got a Persian 5 month old white kitten from a breeder. He didn't take too long to get along with my older cat, though he doesn't seem to like me. He is afraid if I walk by, like my feet scare him, though he will sleep with me or climb on my lap to be petted sometimes and others times he's afraid. Sometimes he won't even take treats from me.
I don't know if he is scared because I have to pick him up to wash him every couple weeks and he has a lot of eye gunk that needs cleaned or else his eyes get red and the breeder said she cleaned them everyday. Plus she showed him while she had him so she bathed him and used a blow dryer on him.
All things he freaks out about when I try to do it to him. I don't know what to do and he seems more and more scared of me everyday instead of getting friendlier. I'm assuming all the grooming is scaring him, although I don't know why he is afraid of my feet if I walk anywhere near him.
I will even lay on the floor with my hand all the way out with treats (as I thought all cats where food motivated), but he either won't take any or he will quickly grab one and go into the other room to eat it and not come back for the rest, while my older cat eats his whole handful.
I don't feed the kittens treats to the older one, cause I want him to learn that one hand is for him an the other for the kitten. They seem to get along fine together though, as long as I am not in the same room. Then they get territorial over me. Weird since the kitten doesn't want me other times. I'm just so worried because he is getting more scared everyday.
Sometimes if I try to talk to him he closes his eyes to shut me out and pretend I'm not there and backs himself into a corner. I am trying to groom him as little as possible. But with Persians you can't completely stop. Any suggestions from a Persian owner?