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Caring for a Nervous Cat

November 1, 2019

Do you have a scaredy-cat on your hands? Kitties all have their own purrsonalities. While some are bold and fearless, others are very anxious, and will bolt for their favorite hiding spots at the least disturbance. We can help! Read on for some great tips from a Salem, VA vet on caring for a nervous feline.


Playing with your cat can be helpful in several ways. For one thing, it will help her burn off any excess energy she has. After a fun session of Pounce On The Feather Toy, Fluffy will naturally be a bit tired, and therefore calmer. This will also give your feline buddy a healthy, appropriate outlet for any angst she is feeling. Last but not least, when you take time to hold a laser pointer for your pet to hold, she’ll know you’re doing something for her. This will help her feel loved, which can in turn help her feel safer. For more tips on helping your anxious kitty feel more at ease, check out our article on Soothing an Anxious Cat.

Offer Safe Spaces

Cats default to fight-or-flight settings when presented with something they perceive as a threat. Most of the time, shy cats will opt for flight. Make sure your kitty has hiding spots to retreat to in every room, even if it’s just a spot under a couch or behind a bookcase. Our feline friends tend to feel safest in small, enclosed spaces, so offer Fluffy pet tents or tipis. If another pet is bullying your timid furball, you’ll want to provide your pet with some vertical space as well. A cat tower with an enclosed level is a good choice here.

Don’t Corner Fluffy

Offer your kitty lots of toys, treats, catnip, and love. However, don’t force attention on her. You also want to avoid picking Fluffy up or cornering her. This may make her feel threatened, which can cause her to get defensive. Instead, sit cross-legged on the floor, and hold out a treat.


For extremely anxious cats, medication may be an option. You may also want to consider using kitty-calming products, such as pheromone sprays or treats. Ask your vet for more information. In some cases, Behavioral Counseling may be necessary to help your cat overcome their anxiety and develop more confidence.


Did you know that talking to Fluffy can help relax her? This can actually be pretty relaxing for you, too. Bonus: your feline pal won’t spill your secrets!

Please contact us, your Salem, VA vet clinic, for all of your timid kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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