How To Calm Down A Cat?

Cats of all breeds and ages can get extremely upset to a point when they start acting out. Aggressive or stressed out behavior is bound to occur and as a pet parent you’re the one who must help the kitty calm down. And this is where the hard part comes kicking in.

Scared and angry cats or felines in heat usually find it difficult to calm themselves down. Frantic running, hiding, meowing, yowling, hissing and other similar types of problematic behavior are the most common telltale signs that you must take control of the situation.

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Calming down a feline creature isn’t easy, especially if it’s being aggressive. Nevertheless, it’s not exactly the mission impossible. There are several ways to approach the kitty without the need of relaxants and sedatives such as Feliway sprays.

How to calm down your cat?

Here are the most efficient and practical ways to help your pet relax. But whatever you do, remember that your cat is a living being with emotions and feelings. As such, you need to treat it carefully.

Locate the problem

Before you take any measures, you need to find what it is that’s upsetting your precious furball. Could it be simply startled by something? Is it scared or extremely anxious? Or is it acting territorial and over-protectively?

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Kitties can get upset for a number of reasons. Trips to the vet, unknown strangers, new surroundings, car sickness, noisy children, and unexpected loud sounds are the most common ones.

You must completely understand the reason behind your fluffy pal’s anxiety before approaching it. Try to understand the cat’s emotions and find what’s upsetting it in its current surroundings. You won’t be able to help the feline unless you know what’s causing the problem.

Improve the kitty’s accommodation

Even though cats don’t see the world the way we do, they still perceive it similarly. When it comes to certain surroundings, cats can feel just as relaxed, anxious, scared or angry as us, human beings.

Try to improve the kitty’s surroundings. Set up a comfortable cat bed, make sure the room is quiet, safe and has a pleasant temperature. Get rid of anything that might be upsetting your pet. This includes children, unknown strangers, other pets and so forth. Cats can easily get upset from new furniture pieces or loud appliances.

Make sure your furry pal has safety and comfort in its room. If you’ve recently moved into a new home, give the cat some time to adjust to its new surroundings.

Approach your pet

When approaching your beloved furball, remember not to make any sudden movements or to block its possible escape routes. Be cautious and keep your cat’s safety in mind, as well as your own. Bites, scratches and other attempts for attack might occur.

Speak to your furball is a soft and soothing tone. Talk to your kitty in order to calm it down before trying to engage in any physical contact with it.

Opt for bringing its favorite cat toy. Instead of dangling the toy and teasing the cat, simply leave the toy nearby. Another option is to bring a food bowl filled with your feline pal’s favorite food. You can also use cat treats.

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If the cat allows you to get close enough to touch it, do it. Use slow, soothing strokes while you’re petting it. Talk as you’re stroking the kitty and don’t make sudden gestures or loud noises. If possible, embrace the kitty and hug it near ground level so that it has an easy escape route if it decides to bolt.

Allow the cat to adjust

There is no magical way to calm down a cat at an instant. Give your feline pal some space. Sometimes it’s best to leave the cat alone instead of to try any verbal or physical soothing techniques.

Another option is to leave your pet in a quiet room until it calms down on its own. You can use a towel to wrap the kitty in it as you’re carrying it to the other room so that it won’t scratch and bite or try to jump from your arms.

Seek a professional’s help

Sometimes cats can become anxious and upset due to health reasons – either physical or emotional. An undiagnosed health disorder can easily be the reason behind your pet’s anxiety.

If you can’t calm down your cat with the above mentioned techniques, schedule an appointment with your vet. If necessary, the vet will prescribe medication such as relaxants and anxiety remedies (pheromone Feliway sprays and cat collars are such remedies). Regardless of the cause behind your cat’s behavior, the most important thing to do is to not panic. Your kitty will sense that there’s something wrong with you, which as a result will make it even more anxious.

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Mary Nielsen - June 22, 2017

This was a great read! Hopefully, no one will have to experience this but unfortunately, this is something every cat parent will have to face at some point. Upset cats are no joke and they can pose danger to you and themselves.

It is important to let your cat have a time on its own after you do your soothing part.

Depending on the reason why the cat got upset I would either approach it slowly immediately or leave her alone for some time and then slowly approach with her favorite treats and toys.

Here is how to help a very upset cat which will not tolerate anyone’s presence.

Do not try and soothe your cat if it is rejecting your help because you can possibly make things worse. Wait for the right moment to approach. You can observe your cat from a safe distance from the ground and try and make yourself less of a threat by not making sudden movements and by trying to look physically smaller. You can accomplish that by laying on the ground on your side with your shoulder touching the floor but also be careful with this position on the floor. Make sure that there is enough distance between you and your cat for you to get up or move before your cat would attack you if provoked because your eyes and face would be very close to the ground.

Observing the cat from a distance and not having a threatful appearance will help your cat calm down and then you should slowly lean with your hand and try and pet it, once the petting has been approved by the kitty that will mean that the cat is much calmer than before. Then start soothing it even further.


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