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Cats love routines. They love the assurance that every day is going to be just like the last. They can be set off by even the tiniest change in living conditions. Finally got the time to throw away a box that had just been lying around? Your cat will notice, and she will not be happy about it. Want to make a change to the arrangement of your furniture? Maybe think about how that will affect your cat’s psychological well-being first.
Here are a few ways you can try to overcome your cat’s fear of the unfamiliar:
- Keep her living environment peaceful
Certain things just become too much for her to take at some point. If you’re having some people over and you’re playing loud music, or your kids are exploring that new videogame that you got them at full volume, or if your dog is getting closer to her safe spot, it will overwhelm her.
- Spend time with her while she’s hiding.
She won’t need any physical contact. She’ll just need affirmation that you’re there for her in the room. So while she’s hiding out, maybe read or do some knitting in the corner where she can see that you’re there. Try speaking to her in a quiet and smooth voice so that she can be accustomed to and grow comfortable with the sound of your voice.
- Lure her out
Cats love to play. They love mind games and little treats. It’s very unhealthy for her to be holed up in her hiding spot. Lure her out with some of her favorite games or even a few healthy treats. Give her the affirmation she seeks by speaking to her all the while that you’re feeding her treats.
- Slow blinks are key to every cat-human relationship
Slow blinks are when your cat closes her eyes slowly and opens them again, all the while taking her time. She’s letting you know that she loves and trusts you when she does this. Return the favor by doing the same. You’ll immediately see her start to relax. She might even return the gesture.
- Try building up her confidence using games
The first step is to get her to come out of her hiding spot. Once she’s out, try interacting with her by engaging her in some interactive yet gentle play.
- Give her vertical spaces.
Cats love to look down at the world from a high spot. This gives them a sense of power and boosts their confidence. So make sure that you provide her with plenty of vertical places where she can just take a beat and look out at the world around her.