Does your cat seem to spend more time under your bed than anywhere else in the house? Are they grooming themselves so much that they have bald spots? Are they refusing to use the litter box? These are all signs that your cat is nervous and unhappy. What can you do to help your cat adjust and be happier? Here are 6 ways to help your nervous cat.
#1 – Lower your expectations
Trying to force your cat to open up, relax, and be more friendly can actually backfire and cause them to become even more timid. If your cat has always been nervous, especially if they were once feral, it may be too much to expect them to become a lap cat one day. Once you relax and accept anything you can get from your cat, they will feel less pressure and will become more comfortable around you.
#2 – Play with them
Playing with your cat can help them learn to trust you and reduce their stress level. Wand toys are great ways to interact with your cat from a distance that makes them feel safe while engaging their natural instinct to hunt.
#3 – Give them a hiding place
You’ve heard of the “fight or flight” response. Cats are much more likely to run away from a fearful situation and seek out a place that feels safe. While you may think a life under your bed may be a miserable existence, it makes your cat feel secure. Allowing them a safe place to hide can help them feel more comfortable exploring the house since they know they have somewhere they can go to escape.