Scaredy Cats

Cat Anxiety Tips


Cats feel safe when up high, so clear shelves & window sills for your cat


Prevent your cat developing anxieties by making their first experiences positive ones.


If your cat is very stressed, talk to your vet about medication.

Causes of anxiety issues

Causes of the anxiety problem
Fear is a normal part of life but anxieties and phobias are not. Finding a solution to your cat’s fears requires understanding just what is causing them. Here are some common causes:

Negative experience
Most kittens and cats are willing to greet new experiences with a confident paw and innate curiosity. Most experiences turn out to be positive ones and the kitten is calm and accepting or playful and positive. Occasionally, however, the experience turns out to be a negative one. Your kitten feels scared. If the fearful experience is repeated or even if it is only experienced once but it extremely painful or fear-provoking, your kitten may learn to fear that stimulus.

No experience
Cats may be fearful of experiences that they encounter for the first time. The new experience has them on edge, alert and perhaps ready to flee. Your cat may be experiencing fear, anxiety or phobias to events that they have had little or no experience of in early life.

 
 

Solutions for anxiety issues

Stress relief
Relocating your cat to a different area of your home may prevent their anxiety levels rising. For example, if your cat reacts to people entering your property, place them where they cannot encounter people. 
Calming agents such as lavender, Feliway (cat appeasing pheromone) and veterinary medication may provide relief for your cat’s anxieties. Ask your vet.

Desensitisation
Long-term solutions for the anxious cat involve de-sensitising the cat to the situations that they fear. This needs to be carried out gradually and very carefully. It is suggested that professional help be used.

Separation anxiety
If your cat dislikes being left alone, try some gradual separations from them within your home. Build up the time apart gradually and make time alone positive by leaving food and toys.

Symptoms of cat anxiety

Scared cats tend to sleep more than normal. Chronic stress may lead to health issues.

Fearful cats may hide from whatever is scaring them.

Anxious cats will often toilet around their area, their scent making them feel more secure.

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