We adopted an older cat earlier this month. She was quite shy to start with and gradually started coming to us to be stroked etc. We started moving her bowls out of the room we set for her, as our hope was she would start going outside to use the toilet, and she seemed fine with that. We have another cat, and their interactions have not been particularly friendly so far, but no huge fights.
A couple of weeks ago I carried her downstairs and she seemed fine having a bit of a nosey - she hadn’t been down on her own, but we had showed her the downstairs area when we first got her. Our other cat came in from outside and the new cat went back upstairs - she walked up, didn’t run. Since that point she’s been VERY skittish. Won’t come to us to be stroked and if we go and sit by her she is looking for an escape almost. She will come on our bed at night but other than that doesn’t want to be around us. She’s eating fine and using the litter tray fine, although she sometimes goes over the edge. She does have a scabby bit around her chin/cheek which we aren’t sure where it’s come from too, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering her - no scratching/excessive cleaning.
Has anyone experienced anything like this? We are worried she’s stressed living with us and would love to get her more comfortable again.
Thanks for any advice.