A cat had given birth to two kittens in our house. I used to keep milk in a bowl for them to drink. Some days later the mother cat and one kitten went away somewhere, but one kitten remained outside our house. It stays out at the back of our house.

I still keep milk in a bowl for it to drink and also occasionally give it meat. It's been around a month but still the kitten runs away every time I try to hold her or pet her. Even if I keep the milk in the bowl it only comes to drink when I move a little distance away. If I keep the minced meat in my hand it doesn't eat, if I keep it near me also it doesn't eat, but if I throw it a little distance, it picks it up and eats.

Why is it that the kitten hasn't become friendly yet even when I have been giving it food for more than a month?

Why is it still scared to come near me?

What can I do to gain its trust and get it to play with me?

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Because a month really isn't a very long time. The kitten is a little over a month old and from the sounds of it has been abandoned by its mother, it's really not surprising that it's a little wary.

Keep feeding the kitten and do as much as you can to appear non-threatening. Making only nice, slow movements and trying to stay low to the ground (think how tall even a short human must seem to a newborn kitten!) is good. Speaking of the food: you say you are giving milk, is it cow's milk? If so this might not be for the best as many cats are lactose intolerant - it's less of an issue when they are still that young but you might be better off getting some proper "kitten milk" instead.

  • Cats can digest goat's milk, so that is another option.
    – mhwombat
    Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 10:35
  • How do I get it inside my house? It always stays outside and doesn't enter in even when the door is open. Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 13:58
  • You can try tempting it in with food or a toy. Otherwise it's probably a case of waiting for it to get sufficiently comfortable with you that you can get close enough to pick it up. If you go down that route then it would be a good idea to have some food/treats/toys ready and waiting inside so you can mollify it after the grab. Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 14:29
  • thanks a ton for the advice and one more thing I have tried practicing it with a ball outside but it hardly seems interested in playing with the ball. @motosubatsu Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 15:19
  • @MueezSiraj different cats have different toy preferences - and even the same cat can go through phases of liking/disliking certain toys. My two seem to like playing with toy balls for a week or two and then aren't bothered at all for months whereas "fishing rod" type toys are pretty much always a winner. Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 15:30

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