Helping a Fearful Cat Feel More Confident

Oscar was rescued at about 4 months old. He started off terrified of people. With patience and dry food (his favorite), he’s become much less fearful. It’s a very rewarding experience to win over the trust of a feral cat. He still has his moments of being fearful, but he also seeks me out for affection. There are many reasons why a cat may be fearful including lack of socialization as a kitten; negative experiences with humans; and major changes to their environment such as being re-homed. Patience with fearful cats is key. Here are some tips to help your fearful cat gain more confidence: Provide Hiding Spots and Perches - Empty cardboard boxes and her cat carrier are examples of great hidin

Cats Are Masters at Hiding Pain

In the wild, an injured cat is at risk from other animals. Subsequently, cats have learned to hide signs of pain. As their guardians, it’s our job to notice changes to their behavior that could indicate they need help. Signs of pain or discomfort can include: Behavior - Mood changes, aggression/irritability, hiding, an increase in vocalization, grooming more or less, or only in certain areas. Purring, often associated with a happy cat, is also a way for a cat to self-soothe; Activity Level - Decreases in energy are not necessarily a sign of aging as aging itself is not a disease. There may be a medical reason for decreased activity; Food and Water Intake - A decrease or increase in appeti