Our pets aren’t all that different from us. Like humans, there are grumpy cats, playful ones, smart ones, lazy ones, shy ones.
Lovely Misha is shy. It might be just the way she is, but it could also be because of her past experiences. Adopted originally from a shelter, she was inexplicably dropped off 5 years later. They just didn’t want her anymore.
That would make me a bit shy about human relationships.
Just like some people, cats like Misha do best in a quiet home. They need to be able to control their relationships, the noise level, the unpredictability of sudden movements and sounds. That pretty well rules out small children; older, considerate kids should be fine.
Misha doesn’t like dogs or even other cats. That says she has never lived with either, and Misha is not likely to change her mind about them now. That’s a shame because sometimes a friendly cat companion helps a shy cat navigate the challenges of life. In Misha’s case, that role will have to be fulfilled by her human. One-on-one Misha is fine; she loves pets and scratches, loves to be brushed, loves a friendly voice telling her she’s beautiful. She’s starting to play but that will come in time, as it requires a comfort level that you have to earn from Misha.
What do we want for Misha? We want it all. She would do best in a quiet adult/older kid home, one with cat experience. She needs gentle support and encouragement, constancy, consistency and unconditional love. She needs, in short, what we think she has never had. Maybe Misha isn’t shy at all; maybe she’s just disappointed in people. Are you the one to change that?