Why are cats afraid?

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The reason why some animals, including cats, are afraid of loud sounds is unknown. Fear turns into a phobia. It is a pathological state of anxiety and obsessive fear, lacking an objective or precise cause.

If you want to have a pleasant life with your cat, you need to know why are cats afraid. Eliminate anything from the cat’s life that makes him afraid.

In this post, I will try to mention all the actions that determine the fear of the cat.

So let’s see why are cats afraid.

The preamble

Various discordant noises, firecrackers, fireworks, changes in barometric pressure, thunder, lightning, electrostatic disturbances, odors associate with rain, gunshots and even the sounds emitted by birds, are common causes of feline phobia.

Noise phobia can be the result of the negative emotional experiences of cats.

In almost all cases, the fear of sounds increases with each exposure. Soon the animal will frightened every time it hears similar noises. Or he will face events that he will associate with those sounds.

For example, in general, a cat that is afraid of thunder will scare of rain.

The attitude of the owner can influence the cat. If he is nervous during the noise, his phobia can occur instantly or increase in intensity.

But there are also situations in which if the owner tries to calm his favorite, she will interpret his gesture as a confirmation that something is happening that he must be afraid of.

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What are the signs of feline phobia?

Fear of beings

The signs of phobia in cats refer primarily to fear of other beings. Cats that are afraid of humans, dogs or other cats are not used to these creatures. Or they had negative experiences in their presence.

The aggressiveness of the flight or the tendency to hide, are common signs in terms of the fear that some cats have towards the surrounding beings. Dilated pupils, lifting hair from the body,

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removing the claws and even urinating or defecating are other signs of fear.

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Trying to escape (jumping out the window), the shrill and continuous meowing, the search for the human, the trembling, the squeaking, the lack of desire to eat, the disobedience of commands, are signs that should make you think that your cat does not feel at ease.

Fear of various situations

This is of several types. The animal may be afraid of cars, a visit to the veterinarian or separation from its human.

If the cat perceives the experiences in the vet’s office as painful, then it will associate both the place and the medical staff with these unpleasant events. If you take the cat to the vet with the car, and it will associate with something uncomfortable or even painful, fear will set in.

Separation anxiety occurs in the case of the strong emotional connection between the cat and its human. So the moment she separated from him, the cat shocked. If she wakes up alone, she meows excessively, soils the house and refuses food.

All these signs indicate an anxious cat.

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How can phobia treated?

There is no “cure” for treating noise phobia. But there are different ways to try to reduce it. First of all, you should overcome your tendency to comfort or scold your cat. Reassurance, pampering or even assurance, “it’s okay, don’t scare you”, can interpreted by the cat as a reward for the feeling of fear. Also, the cat should not punish for expressing fear. This would only increase his anxiety.

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If you want to help your favorite get rid of phobia, there is a common treatment. It includes three aspects: medication and alternative therapy, changing the environment and changing behavior.

Consult your veterinarian beforehand and he will tell you the right anti-anxiety medication for your cat. Alternative therapy is often used successfully. This includes melatonin and flower essences. The effect on the cat occurs one hour after administration.

Your cat will not scare if the place where it lives protected from loud noises. You can also reduce the volume of the sounds so that the cat becomes less aware of them.

You can perform daily exercises with your cat, which will help her both mentally and physically, to react less harshly to hearing noises. Moreover, exercise has the effect of increasing serotonin levels. This substance acts as a sedative.

Sounds produced by a fan wave or an air conditioner help reduce the cat’s fear of shrill sounds. The operation of a TV or radio has a similar effect.

To protect the animal from outside noise, close the windows or place screens. This will reduce the intensity of the noise.

It is very important to make your cat feel safe. Some cats feel much more comfortable in tight spaces. They often take refuge under our beds. Preferably it is an igloo, an intimate place, where your cat will feel protected.

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Keep your cool. Cats are aware of their human mental state. If you are nervous or worried, then the cat will take over your anxiety, in addition to his fear. This will make her even more agitated.

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Monitor your cat’s health and provide nutrition proper.

Health problems can affect her mood. Foods that are too high in protein may associate with these behavioral disorders. They can avoid by taking a balanced diet.

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Various special techniques used to change the animal’s reaction to noise.

  1. Get your cat used to behaving reasonably

in response to a certain stimulus. In this way, a negative stimulus will associate with a positive event. For example, in summer, the only time the cat would receive her favorite toy would be before or during a storm. Thus, the Cat will begin to associate the coming of the storm with the moment when it will do what it likes the most, that is, to play.

  1. Decreasing sensitivity is just as important. In this way, the cat’s fear decreases as long as it exposed to the factor that causes this feeling. For a phobia of loud noises, do a little exercise. As long as the sound level is low, the cat is calm. Gradually increase this level so that the cat learns with that noise.


Phobia, anxiety in cats is a very serious problem. If you want to have a cat to share your life with, please treat this issue with the utmost seriousness. If this is the case and you do not manage on your own, consult a veterinarian. He will guide you on what to do with your cat suffering from anxiety. In most cases, it is a problem that can solved. There are exceptions but I hope this is not the case for you.

I have a 10-year-old cat. He fell in my yard when he was two months old. She was very, very scared. He never recovered. The veterinarian told me that he had suffered major trauma and is afraid of people. I treated the case as such and did not stress it in any way. There is a great love between her and one of my cats. At the age of nine, he had 3 kittens. At that time she was gentler, allowing me to caress and caress her. But after three months he returned to his previous behavior. She is happy and for me, it is enough. But such cases are extremely rare.

If you liked the post, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment. I will read it with great pleasure. You can write to me about what experiences you have with your cat. Thank you.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

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8 Replies to “Why are cats afraid?”

  1. Hi there, I do find it interesting that animals have there own language and way of conveying emotions. That could be fear, but also happiness. And it is often through body language, and also hissing, meowing, scratching. Loud noises, and specifically fire crackers and fire works, really upset all animals, not just cats, but also dogs and horses. So it is important to know what noises what upset your feline companios.

  2. I have three cats and have pretty much always lived in a multi-cat situation.  It’s interesting that 2 of them are brothers.  One is very outgoing and the brother will startle at any unfamiliar sound and hide where I couldn’t even find him.  They were both treated equally and in the same environment.  So, one needs to also be aware of one cats peculiarities in these situations even if the others aren’t responding in the same way.  I’m not sure what sex your cat is as you switch it several times in the concluding paragraph but all 3 of mine are neutered males.  I find them less jumpy at sounds than non-neutered or spayed cats.  Do you feel that neutered or spayed cats are calmer when it comes to sound than the that haven’t been?

  3. Thank you for your comment. I know that all animals have their fears. But I love cats the most and that’s why I wrote this post. I want to help other cat lovers realize how important it is to know their cats’ anxiety and make an effort to remove it.

  4. Thank you for your comment. As every human being is unique, so are cats. So don’t be surprised if your cats behave differently at the same stimulus.

    My cat is neutered now, but 3 years ago she gave me 3 wonderful kittens.

  5. This is a beautiful and caring post. Cats are amazing creatures indeed and I find that these therapies often work on dogs too. 

    It is interesting that calming a cat down when it is reacting to the stimuli that makes it scared only reinforces that there is something to be scared of. I never would have thought of that and in this situation, my first instinct would be to comfort the poor thing. I am so glad to know this before I have the chance to make things worse for a kitty.

  6. Hi Kelly. Thank you for your comment. I am very glad that you learned in advance about the fears of cats and how to behave with them when faced with such situations.

  7. Hi Carmen! Thanks for sharing this article. As a fellow cat lover myself, I personally own two cats at present. One is much more susceptible to a lot of the anxiety induced behaviors you mentioned in the article; he hates loud noises, dislikes other animals, and he has an incredible dislike of other people. When he was about 6-8 months old, he was not quite like this. Loud noises would of course still scare him a bit but he was quite sociable with other animals and people. 

    I believe an old roommate of ours is responsible for traumatizing him and that is why he is so terrified of new people. Instead of hiding when we have company, he chooses to go after them tooth and claw instead, so I have to lock both cats in the room with their litter box and food until the company leaves. I know this has probably created a bit of a negative response within him, but at present I have no other solutions. Do you have any suggestions on how I could better handle this? 

  8. Hi Rachel. It’s good what you do when you have guests. But I would give up guests for the comfort of my cats. They are always in our lives, in joys and sorrows. The guests come and go. In general, cats do not like changes. Or receiving guests is already a change. In fact, since I have dozens of cats throughout my life (now I only have 17), I don’t receive guests at home. You can also dine in the city.

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