What To Do When My Cat Is Scared Of Something?
Just like humans, every cat has his own of responding to the fear. They are sensitive creatures and can be fearful of many things for several reasons. Find out why cats are afraid of almost everything and what you can do to calm a stressed cat.
My Cat Is Scared Of Everything But Me?
Have you and your cat moved to a new house recently? Our feline friends are very sensitive to change. Even the addition of a new family member or the removal of a scratching post can make your cat stress.
Cats can be fearful of almost anything that has threatening qualities or is unfamiliar. They are mesopredators, meaning they can be both predator and prey. Therefore, it makes good sense for them to be cautious when it comes to unfamiliar experiences, explains Dr. Mikel Delgado, a certified cat behavior consultant.
Here are the common cat fears and anxieties:
1. New family members or pets
3. Loud noises
4. Unfamiliar objects
How Can You Tell If A Cat Is Scared?
When frightened, a cat may show signs of agression: hissing, flattened ears, flattened whiskers, puffing fur and tail, arching back and swishing tail. On the other side, a stressed cat may hide or roll into a ball, according to PetMD.
Why Are Cats Scared Of Cucumber?
The only possible reason is that cats might be mistaking the cucumber as a predator. They may associate the mysterious object with the deadly predators such as snakes. Snakes are known to attack all mammals, and our feline friends are no exception. So, their reactions towards cucumbers can be directly linked to “fear of the predator” theory. Like humans and other creatures, felines can develop a sense of security towards their habitat. Placing any unexpected item behind cats without them noticing is sure to cause a fear. They will be equally startled if they encounter a plastic fish, a pineapple or banana.
Read more: Reasons Why Cats Are So Afraid of Cucumbers
Why Do Cats Hide?
A change in cat behaviour is often the first sign of an underlying illness or disease that may be causing discomfort. If your feline friend’s behaviour has changed recently and she stays hidden for long periods, then seek veterinary advice immediately. If your veterinarian proclaims a healthy cat, then seek a behavioural explanation.
Cats see the world through the eyes of a predator and the eyes of prey, which makes them somewhat unique. They respond to any type of threat or perceived threat with avoidance. For example, some cats share better than others. So, if your cat must share her stuff with another cat who is bullying your cat, she may be afraid of public places or may just choose to avoid conflict. Territorial aggression is normal in felines – so if you have more than one cat, be on the lookout for cat bully behaviour.
Is a new cat or dog now part of the family? This may be one reason why your cat is hiding. Simple things that we don’t even think of may make cats feel threatened, and this could be a person, noise, or another pet in or near the home. Felines also commonly hide from visitors. Note that cats bond to territory and therefore are stressed by changes in the environment. For instance, cats are upset with changes in the household. – so try to keep your cat’s feeding bowl, litter box and climbing trees in the same place. If you are not sure why your cat might be stressed, seek the help of your vet.
How Do I Get My Scared Cat Out Of Hiding?
Forcing interactions on a frightened cat is never a good idea. Do not forcibly remove your cat from her perceived area as it will set back the trust-building process. All she needs is choice. Cats will come to you on their own terms, it may take few hours or days for them to feel secure and ready for a new environment or interaction.
To bring your cat out of her shell, call her for meals or treats. Simply toss the treats closer to where you are sitting and try hand feeding her if she will eat near to you. If she won’t take the treat from your hand, toss an occasional treat and try quietly sit closer to her. Over time, she may take the food from your hand.
How Do You Calm A Stressed Cat?
Always make sure your cat has a safe haven for her to escape to – set up a hiding place, for example, a room with water, food, litter box, toys and a comfy spot to rest. Another option is to invest in a cat tree.