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Anyone who has ever owned a cat knows how emotional these animals are. From hearing a strange noise to changing furniture; cats don’t like their routines being changed. In today’s article, we’ll talk about the main situations that cause phobias in cats and how you can solve these problems.
Some Conditions That Cause Phobias in Cats:
These feline are animals that take ownership of their territory and enjoy having control over where they live. Therefore, any change in their environment scares them. But when the fear becomes irrational, cats begin to develop phobias.
- Some of the conditions that cause phobias in cats are as follows.
- Unusual, sudden noises. For example; thunder, alarm, siren, different household items used can scare them.
- Having strangers at home. If cats are not socializing as they should, they may be afraid of strangers.
- They contact with unfamiliar animals.
- Moving to an unfamiliar place or temporarily relocating.
- Changing the place of furniture or buying new items at home.
How Do You Know If A Cat Has A Phobia?
Phobias in cats are usually easy to discover and often have a solution. But it is more difficult to intervene in them than to interfere with ordinary fears. Therefore, it is necessary to detect them in time.
Cats often experience anxiety in situations they perceive as dangerous and can behave such as:
- Running away and hiding somewhere they perceive safe.
- Pretending to attack (when they have raised feathers, their backs up, hissing or throwing their ears back).
- Staying stiff as if paralyzed or even trembling with fear.
- Having tachycardia or diarrhea.
- Being more hyperactive or aggressive.
- Marking their area with urine or feces anywhere in the house.
- Licking themselves too much to experience hair loss.
Tips For Cats To Cope With Their Phobia
Remember that when a cat is sad or scared, you shouldn’t approach, touch, or lift them. If you do, they will likely scratch or bite you.
Leave him alone for a while. Then, when you see him calm down, try to approach him slowly. But don’t force them.
Also, make sure there is an area at home where they feel safe and can hide out when they are afraid.
How to Tackle Phobias in Cats
The solution to this problem would be to gradually expose cats to situations that cause anxiety or fear. This way, they can overcome their fears over time.
It’s also extremely important to reward them as they progress. You can do this by loving them, talking to them lovingly, or giving them some rewards.