Our feline friends may be small, but they have big purrsonalities. Fluffy can be quite the character! Just like people, some cats are talkative and outgoing, while others are more timid and shy. If you have a bashful pet, you may want to take a few steps to keep your scaredy-cat happy and purring. Read on as a local San Jose, CA vet discusses caring for a timid kitty.
First things first: make sure your cat sees the vet regularly. You want to make sure your feline pal is current on her exams, and has been spayed or neutered. It’s also important to stay up to date on Fluffy’s parasite control products and vaccinations.
Just like most other animals, kitties have a very strong ‘fight or flight’ mechanism that helps them deal with perceived threats. (Of course, to Fluffy, your fuzzy slippers may be a perceived threat, but that’s another topic.) Shy cats usually tend to opt for the ‘flight’ option, and can get very upset if they feel cornered. Make sure that your furball has hiding spots in every room, so she always has a place to escape to if something frightens her. This can be a pet tent or tipi, a cat tower with enclosed spaces, or even just a spot under the couch or behind a bookcase.
Take time to play with your cat every day. Chasing that fuzzy toy around can help Fluffy burn of some of her nervous energy. Jumping and pouncing is hard work, so there’s a good chance that even a few minutes of playing will tire your furball out. Once playtime is over, you may notice that your kitty seems calmer.
Sometimes just making sure that Fluffy feels loved, safe, and content can really make a big difference in her ‘cattitude.’ Talk to your feline buddy, play with her, and just pay attention to her. If your kitty likes to cuddle, indulge her requests for snuggles and lap time.
If your pet has extreme anxiety, ask your vet for advice. Also, get your vet’s feedback on using cat-calming products. These can help soothe nervous kitties. Just be sure to follow the package directions to the letter.
Please contact us, your San Jose, CA animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!