When caring for an abused cat, be aware of tone and loudness. Keep your cool and quiet; keep your voice down around the cat.
Cats who have been abused are readily startled by sudden movements, loud noises, and unpredictable events. They won't trust you more until you move gently and speak quietly.
"Abused cats require a secure location to rest, hide, and unwind. Any cat tree, bed with a cover, or room will do. Even with visitors, respect their personal space."
Observe your cat's personal space. Even if children wish to play there, nobody should bother them. Invading here will destroy trust.
Be patient; abused cats need time to regain their trust. They might only feel safe in their familiar surroundings, or they might be wary of them.
Avoid making eye contact with scared or traumatised cats since it could be taken as a challenge. To build trust, utilise soft body language instead.
Reaching for your cat's head or neck or approaching it directly may set off defensive behaviour. Slowly begin to scrape their side and neck.
Learn where your abused cat prefers to be petted by going gently with them. Cats might not enjoy having their bellies rubbed; respect this and let them demonstrate for you.
Treats, toys, or special attention might help your cat develop trust. Every cat is unique. Rewards should be given for whatever strides you make towards confidence.
Be patient, respect the cat's personal space, and only provide attention when it's requested when caring for an abused cat. Let them to emerge from their shell at their own pace.