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Caring for a Timid Cat

Do you have a scaredy-cat on your hands? Our feline friends all have unique purrsonalities. Some kitties are fearless and friendly, while others are easily frightened. If your pet falls into the latter category, you may want to take some simple steps to help her feel more safe and comfortable. Here, a Carmel, IN vet discusses caring for a timid kitty.

Veterinary Care

First of all, make an appointment to have Fluffy examined by a vet. Medical issues can have a huge impact on cats’ behavior, so you will want to make sure there isn’t a physical cause for your pet’s anxiety.

Safe Retreats

Cats often feel safest in small, secure places. Make sure Fluffy has a spot to retreat to in every room, whether it’s a pet tent, enclosed kitty condo, or a spot under the bed. That way, if something startles or frightens your furball, she’ll always have somewhere to go. If you have a dog, and know or suspect that Fido is making your kitty nervous, offer her some vertical space, such as a cat tower.

Playtime

Taking time to play with your kitty every day could do worlds of good for her. For one thing, playing helps Fluffy burn off excess energy. After a fun, vigorous session of Catch The Red Dot, your pet will probably be a little tired, and a lot calmer. This is also a great way to build your kitty’s self-esteem. Nailing a tricky pounce will help a shy cat feel more confident, just the way scoring a goal can help a timid child gain self-esteem.

Cat-Calming Products

Ask your vet for tips on using kitty-calming products, such as sprays or collars. These mimic the scents of ‘happy pheromones’ and can help soothe nervous pets.

Kitty Luxury

Make your home fun, interesting, and comfortable for Fluffy by setting out lots of comfy beds and napping spots, and offering her lots of toys to play with.

Purrs and Love

Sometimes love truly is the magic ingredient in a pet care regimen. Pay lots of attention to Fluffy, so she feels loved and safe. If your kitty doesn’t like to cuddle or be held, just talk to her and offer her toys and treats.

Do you have questions about cat care? Do you need to make an appointment for Fluffy? Contact us, your local Carmel, IN pet hospital, today!

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