Soothing an Anxious Cat
It’s not easy to have a cat. It is certainly beautiful and demanding, but a cat’s personality is often way more complex than a dog’s personality, for example. Besides this, a cat can become anxious from various reasons: when the cat does not feel right, on certain days of a month or just when he/she wants something and doesn’t get it.
Like a caring parent, you should know which tricks to apply then. Read some of the easiest and most useful tips and tricks that you can use to help your anxious or scared cat:
1). Use a box
One of the toys you might want to have in the house is a box. Use it whenever the cat seems anxious: this will help the cat calm down, hide in that small, safe place, feeling that nothing can harm or disturb her/him. When nervous and anxious, cats feel the need to be alone, but also to see other people (so the box should be open).
2). Songs for relief
You might want to sing him/her a song or just play a song that you know she/he loves. This also will calm the cat down and feel they are secure next to you.
3). Grab her scruff
With gentle moves, grab the scruff of her/his neck as this will remind the cat of its mother. It seems cats associate this gesture with their mothers so they will instinctively feel better.
4). Be calm and talk gentle
There is no need to scold the cat or to raise voice, especially when he/she is anxious. Instead, be calm, even calmer than usual. Use a lower pitched voice and, meanwhile, try to see if this cat behavior does not hide a pain or other serious symptoms.
5). Use soothing plants
There are a lot of soothing and stress relief plants even for cats. Chamomile, valerian, and catnip are among the most known. Yet, pay attention to this as they can poison your cat, in high or inappropriate doses. The best thing to do is to talk to the vet or to buy only pet certified products.