It’s not a secret that cats can be pretty nervous creatures. Some of them are more chilled out than others, but they’re often sensitive to changes in their environment. They can be upset by moving home, new people, new pets, loud noises, and other things that might be different from what they’re comfortable with. This makes it important to think about your cat’s health and happiness whenever there’s something that could cause them stress. There are many situations that could lead to a stressed-out cat, but there are also ways to help your cat relax and feel happier at all times.
Ensure Your Cat Is Happy at Home
Your cat’s home environment is an important part of keeping your cat happy. Cats need to have a safe place to go to, and they also like to have a routine. By designing your home environment to make it a safe place for your cat, you can avoid stressing out your kitty unnecessarily. Start by ensuring your cat has everything they need, including fresh water, food, litter trays, scratching posts, and places to sleep. Cats can be pretty picky and like to have their water and food away from each other, and both of these in a different place to their litter.
Look for the Right Vet
Going to the vet can be a super stressful experience for your cat. First, you have to get them into a carrier. Then, you’re often waiting in a noisy waiting room, before your cat is handled by a stranger. Taking steps to minimize your cat’s stress will help to make vet appointments easier. A mobile vet service is a very convenient option, allowing your cat to stay home and for the vet to come to you. Alternatively, try looking for a vet that specializes in cats. Some have quiet waiting rooms just for cats and nervous animals.
Keep Your Cat Active
Staying active can help to reduce stress for your cat. Just like you can feel more stressed if you’re not exercising enough, your cat can also experience more stress if they’re not active. There are several ways to keep your cat active and make sure you provide lots of opportunities for exercise. If your cat is an outdoor cat, they can wander around and get lots of exercise easily. Indoor cats need more attention and chances to play or run around so that they stay active.
Plan Big Changes Carefully
Sudden changes can be frightening for cats. If something is about to change, planning in advance to minimize the stress for your cat will help. For example, if you’re moving home, you can help your cat to adjust by keeping them in one room at first and providing all of their usual comforts. If you’re introducing a new pet, this should be done gradually, allowing them to first smell each other and meet with a barrier between them before the first official meeting.
Being aware of your cat’s delicate sensibilities is important for cat owners. Be careful with how you handle your cat and meet their needs.