Caring for a Scaredy Cat

Caring for a Scaredy Cat

Do you have a shy kitty? Just like people, some of our feline pals are bold and fearless, while others are very timid and easily frightened. If your feline pal falls into the latter category, you may want to take a few precautions to keep Fluffy purring and content. In this article from River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, a local vet discusses caring for a nervous feline.

Health Issues

First things first: if your pet is hiding a lot, acting aggressive, avoiding her litterbox, or showing other signs of anxiety, have your vet give her a thorough examination to rule out potential health issues. If Fluffy gets the green light, at least you know that she is shy, instead of sick.

Providing A Kitty Haven

It isn’t very hard to turn the average house into a safe, comfortable haven for a feline. First, make sure your kitty always has a safe spot to retreat to. This can be a pet tent or kitty condo, a spot under the couch, or even a box or paper grocery bag. Many cats also feel more comfortable in high spots, so offer your furball some vertical space. A cat tower is a great way to do this. Finally, make sure Fluffy always has good food, fresh water, and a clean litterbox.


Toys and entertainment are very important to your kitty’s well-being. Offer Fluffy lots of fun playthings, and take time to play with her every day. This will give her a healthy outlet for her angst. It will also help her burn off excess energy, so that afterwards, she’ll be calmer and perhaps a bit tired. (We probably don’t have to tell you what happens when cats get tired.)

Purrs and Snuggles

Keep in mind that cats all have their own purrsonalities. Your furball may always be a bit timid, and many never become bold and friendly. That said, the more you interact with your cat, the more interactive she will become. Talk to Fluffy, play with her, and offer her toys, food, and treats, so she feels loved, safe, and secure. Never force attention on your cat, however: let your kitty decide when it’s cuddle time.

Please feel free to contact us, your Fox Chapel, PA pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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