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Soothing an Anxious Cat

Do you have a scaredy-cat for a pet? Cats all have their own unique purrsonalities. While some are bold and fearless, others are very timid and shy. If your feline pal is on the nervous side, read on! A Roanoke, VA vet offers tips on keeping your anxious cat purring in this article.

Hiding Spots

Make sure that your kitty has a hiding spot in every room. This doesn’t have to be fancy. A spot behind a bookcase or under a bed will do just fine. Your pet will probably also appreciate kitty tents or tipis. (Tip: you can make a cat tent out of an old tee shirt and some wire hangars in just a few minutes.)

Bullying

If you have another pet that is bullying your kitty, offer Fluffy some vertical space, like a cat tower. Of course, you’ll also want to ask your vet about how to ease tensions between your furry friends.

Toys/Playtime

Boredom is often a source of anxiety in cats. Fluffy may also be frustrated due to past experiences or a major change. Provide her with lots of toys, and play with her regularly. This will help in several ways. For one thing, it will keep your furball entertained. It will also offer her a healthy outlet to take her frustrations out on. Last but not least, a vigorous play session will leave your cat calmer, as she’ll be a bit tired afterward. We don’t have to tell you what happens when kitties get tired. Naptime!

Veterinary Care

Make sure to keep up with your cat’s veterinary care needs. Your kitty may be acting up due to pain or discomfort from a medical issues. If Fluffy gets the all-clear, at least you know she’s healthy. If your pet is extremely nervous, your vet may recommend using pet-calming products, or even medication.

TLC

Cats are always happiest when they feel loved. This doesn’t necessarily mean constantly petting your kitty: some furballs just don’t care to be petted much. If Fluffy is kind of aloof, get that little motor going by talking to her, playing with her, and offering toys and treats. Of course, if your feline buddy does like snuggles, then lots of cuddles are also in order.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about caring for your cat. As your Roanoke, VA pet clinic, we’re here to help!

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