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Fear is a natural instinct that keeps living beings alive during dangerous scenarios. While it is okay for your feline friend to express fear, there is a problem when it is scared of objects that aren’t life threatening or if it expresses fear constantly.Signs of a scared cat
Your feline is displaying fear if you observe the following signs:
- Arched back
- Crouched posture
- Ears are flat
- Eyes squinted or enlarged
- Hair on the back is standing
- Tail is puffy
- Tries to escape
- Whiskers are flat
You should know that cats display aggressiveness when they are scared. However, they will only attack when they have no other option.Calming a scared cat
Once you have identified that your cat is scared, you need to narrow down on the source of fear. Sometimes, felines are scared of animals and guests. They are also scared of veterinary clinics and noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms. If you are unable to find out the main source/sources behind your feline’s fear, ask the vet to help you out.Once you know why your feline is scared, you can use the following techniques to calm it down.
- Give non-medicated calming aidsThere are a couple of non-medicated calming aids such as herbal blends or essential oils available on the market that can calm down your scared feline. Food supplements are also useful in relaxing your scared cat. The chemicals in these items work hand-in-hand with the feline’s natural chemical balance and help in calming the cat down. You can also use body wraps to relax your scared cat.
- Play relaxing musicJust like us, music can help relax your scared cat’s nerves and calm it down. According to a study done by the scientists from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, classical music is one of the most effective methods to calm your scared cat. The pupil size and breathing come down drastically when your feline listens to classical music. However, you should avoid playing music that is at a faster tempo as it can have a negative impact on your scared cat.
- Provide a safe spaceYour feline should have access to a safe space within your house so that it can go there when it is feeling scared. As cats prefer high places or partial enclosures, you can make the safe space under a bed or on top of a shelf or next to the window sill. By doing this, your feline will stay in the designated safe space till it feels normal and comfortable.
- Use pheromones or lavenderFelines release pheromones from glands located in the tail, back, feet, and face to communicate with other felines. Certain pheromones are released from your feline’s face when it rubs itself against you or an object, which has a calming effect on it. Luckily, scientists have been able to synthesize these pheromones and created plug-in diffusers, wipes, sprays, and collars that can help your scared cat to relax. If synthetic pheromones don’t work, you can use lavender to calm your scared feline.
By following these simple techniques, you will be able to relax your scared feline. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below.