Calming down a scared cat
There are various reasons why your cat might get scared – from strangers to loud fireworks – the world is full of scary things for small animals. It may be quite challenging for us to identify a reason why your four-legged friend is scared. However, it is one of the most useful steps to help your cat overcome its phobia and anxiety, which, in turn, leads to a healthier and happier life. Some common reasons are unfamiliar people, dogs, fireworks and loud noises.
Although it may be difficult to know the exact cause of fear, there are still several steps that will help you to calm down a scared cat. But first of all, how do you know that your cat is scared? If the pet is afraid of something, it will try to appear smaller, so if the tail is tucked between their legs, your cat has high stress or anxiety. Moreover, the ears of your cat will be flattened down to the side, while the pupils will be dilated if your four-legged friend is scared. Additionally, a cat may run away and hide, eat and drink less and groom excessively if feeling nervous.
- Provide your cat with their own space. It is really important that your cat has their own home to hide from the overwhelming world.
- If it is possible, try to avoid or get rid of things that scare your cat – it will definitely decrease their anxiety
- Reduce the loud noises from the outside by playing music and closing the windows. It is a well-known fact that cats have perfect hearing, so even if for us, humans, the stormy weather outside may seem to be cozy, the sensitive ears of your cat might not find it this way.
- Cats may be also afraid of the things they are not prepared for. Changes may cause fear to both people and cats. So, to overcome this fear, introduce the change to your cat gradually so that you pet get used to the new environment.
- You may have a desire to cuddle with your cat as it gets scared, but resist this urge and respect your cat’s own space. Do not pick it up and let him be with its emotions on its own.
- Your cat can feel if their owner is scared or anxious and follow suit, so it may be quite helpful to stay calm while your cat is stressing – it will make them more comfortable.
Cats with their superior hearing can be really fearful in our noisy and unpredictable modern world. So, you should be able to interpret the body language of your cat to understand if your cat got scared of something. With the steps mentioned above you will be able to calm your pet and improve their well-being.
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