Cats are unique creatures and their behavior can sometimes be difficult to understand. They can be shy or have fears and phobias that lead to unusual behavior. Cat owners can look out for certain traits to determine if their cat is feeling scared or uncomfortable.
Mild fears and phobia reactions in cats can include excessive pacing, refusal to eat, increased vocalization, hyper alertness, shaking, salivating, increased grooming, avoiding eye contact, keeping the tail close to the body, and mildly dilated pupils. If these signs persist, it's best to schedule a wellness visit with a veterinarian.
More serious signs of anxiety in cats include very dilated pupils, racing heartbeat, physically moving or attempting to hide the body, inability to move, fur standing up, intense staring and aggression. If you notice these signs, try to comfort your cat and avoid punishing or scolding them.
The cause of a cat's fears and phobias can be difficult to pinpoint, it could be due to a traumatic experience, separation anxiety or an underlying health issue. It's best to talk to a veterinarian about your cat's behavioral changes and follow their recommendations for medication or behavior modification. With the help of a veterinary team, your cat can overcome their fears and return to exploring the world around them
By: Jay Roel Ruiz, Owner/Manager, Uncle Jay Cat Sits L.L.C