My Cat Is Scared or Upset
Cats are very sensitive to change. Their senses are far more developed than ours, so even small differences in your home’s sounds, smells, and sights can be stressful. This can cause litter box difficulties or other behavior that you don't like.
Is this an overreaction? Not to a cat. It may help you understand how vulnerable cats are to changes at home if you consider this fact: Your home is your cat's entire world.
Is My Cat Stressed Out?
The questions below will help you figure out if your cat’s undesired behavior is a response to changes in your home environment not immediately obvious to you.
Figuring out what caused your cat’s behavior will help you feel more sympathetic. And even if you can’t eliminate—or pinpoint—the cause, you can reduce his stress by giving him plenty of affection, interactive play, and a stimulating and safe environment as well as by maintaining a reliable routine. Learn more about how to provide these in the How to Keep Your Cat Stress-Free and Happy section below.
How to Keep Your Cat Stress-Free and Happy
Once you can check off each of the four main steps below, your cat should be feeling relaxed and pleased with life.
Experiment with games. Here are a few tried and true ways to play with your cat to get you started:
- • Chase The best type of interactive toy is a fishing-rod toy that has a 3-foot rod attached to a 3-foot string that has a couple of feathers at the end of it. Cats love to grab and pounce on these feathers as you move them around. Some cats also enjoy a cat laser light. Cats usually love these toys because they get to chase "prey." When playing with your cat, try to simulate the cats hunting of prey as best as possible. Prey slinks, stops, hides, makes sudden movements, and moves away from the cat.
- • Fetch Some cats are like dogs; they love chasing treats or dry food and then returning for more.
- • Rolling Other cats adore chasing balls made out of aluminum foil or other material, the rings from beverage bottles, or catnip mice.
- • Catnip toys Most adult cats love catnip. Buy some high quality catnip and rub it on the cat’s existing toys or the scratching post, put some on the floor, or stuff some in a sock and tie the end.
If you are still having issues after you have checked off everything on the list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, clarification, or advice.
My New Cat Is Hiding and/or Not Eating
Most cats brought into a new home need some time and the right environment to feel comfortable. It’s important to give your new cat a place where she feels safe while she’s getting used to her new home.
If your cat hasn’t eaten or drunk for more than a day, or seems sick, call your veterinarian.
Use the checklist below to make your cat feel comfortable and secure in his new home.
My Cat Won't Get into Her Carrier
Your cat probably doesn’t like the carrier because whenever you put her in it, she has to ride in the car and go to the veterinarian, both of which can be stressful. Teach your cat that the carrier can be a comfortable place by following the steps below, taking your time, and checking each off as your cat becomes comfortable with what you're doing: