Does your new kitten hide under the bed? Do your adult cats disappear when visitors ring the doorbell? Does the new puppy send your kitty into hiss-terics? Learning why cats act scared helps you know how to avoid fear triggers.
Scaredy cats react with fear to unfamiliar people, places or situations, because if they haven't had a good experience, they assume the worst. Many kittens are clueless, but as the cat matures, this "stranger danger" behavior protects them so they don't walk up to hungry critters, dogs or people.
Cats identify friends by smell. But if they haven't cheek-rubbed, groomed or slept together, strangers "smell funny" and therefore are suspect. Cat that are used to only women may fear men with lower voices or with beards. Kids move and sound differently than adults do and can be scary to cats. New dogs or cats often intimidate them, especially when the kitten has never seen a dog before! Check out these 7 tips for relieving the angst in my latest Paw Nation article.
Dogs get scared, too! Scary noises from storms, or even 4th of July fireworks can turn the bravest canines into scared puppies. Even fireworks noises for New Years, cars backfiring or gunshots during hunting season also create dog fear, and happen throughout the year.
Up to 20 percent of dogs suffer from noise phobias. For fireworks celebrations, owners can predict events and take steps to sooth upset doggy feelings. But unexpected storms can be difficult to manage. Frantic pups pull down window blinds, collide with screen doors or crash through windows, while others simply shiver and moan. It's important to puppy proof your home so the frightened pup isn't injured, and a secure fence should withstand even a puppy panic attack. You can learn how to relieve your dog's thunder or 4th of July fears with these 10 tips.
Major purrs & whisker-kisses to Gina Misiroglu and Red Room for putting me in touch with the Paw Nation folks! Spread the word to other authors--Red Room is THE place for writers!
You can also check out my latest post in my series on DIY E-books, based on experiences re-pub'ing my backlist books--now best sellers on Kindle!
Woofs & purrs,
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)