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Caring for an Anxious Cat

March 1, 2021

Do you have a timid kitty on your hands? Cats are all unique, and they all have their own personalities. While many of our feline pals are very outgoing, others are, well, scaredy-cats. If your furball falls into the latter category, read on. A local Fort Collins, CO vet offers a few tips on caring for nervous cats below. 


Playtime

Take time to play with your kitty every day. Running and jumping will help your cute pet burn off any nervous energy she has. After a fun round of Catch The Red Dot , Fluffy will naturally be a bit tired and therefore, calmer. This will also help build your cat’s self-esteem and help strengthen the bond between you. 


Hiding Places

Kitties are very small, and they often feel safest in enclosed spaces. (This may be part of the reasoning behind Fluffy’s box obsession.) Give your feline buddy a pet tent or tipi to hide in when she feels frightened. If you have a dog, you may also want to give your cat some vertical space, so she can get away if she needs to.


Veterinary Care

So metimes medical conditions can cause cats to act skittish or frightened. If Fluffy hasn’t always been shy, she may be in pain due to illness or injury. Have your vet check her out to rule out potential health issues. 


Conversation 

Talking to your cat can also be quite helpful here. Fluffy won’t know what you’re saying, but she will understand that you are trying to communicate with her. This will help her feel loved and safe. Your furry pal may even talk back!


Kitty Calming Products

If your feline friend is extremely anxious, she may benefit from kitty-calming products. There are many different types, including treats, sprays, and collars. In extreme cases, medication may be an option. Ask your vet for specific advice. 


Let Fluffy Be Fluffy

At the end of the day, some cats are just naturally going to be a bit shy. Just let Fluffy be herself. If your kitty was rescued from a bad situation, and/or was a former stray, she may need time to warm up to you. That’s purrfectly fine! Just let your little buddy be herself.


Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Fort Collins, CO veterinary clinic, we are here to help!


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