COVID-19: Expert vet tips to help your cat adapt
“Your cat knows something different is happening.The sudden change in your cat’s routine because there are people home all day can be very challenging for your cat.” Board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Valarie Tynes
Normally you have a part-time relationship with your feline friend. You’re usually out of the house working, running errands and socializing. Because of pandemic restrictions, however, all that’s changed for many cats. The family may be around all day, and their human stress and anxiety can be hard on cats. Remember, cats love peace and quiet and being in control of their routine and environment.
That’s why FELIWAY asked a veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Valarie Tynes, for tips to make things easier on your cat:
Don't Over-do the pampering and attention
You and your family being at home all day could annoy your cat. Even your efforts to comfort or indulge them might be stressful. To keep anxiety at bay, make sure your cat can still access their favorite resting places and elevated spots where they can watch what’s going on from a safe distance.
Don’t panic. do play
Your cat can pick up on your anxiety, so it’s better to limit signs of stress and agitation to avoid transferring these feeling to them.
Try to use this time to deepen your understanding of your cat and strengthen your relationship. When your cat shows they’re ready, you can play games with them and find new ways to be happy together! Here are some ideas:
1. Hide and seek
Hide treats or part of your cat's daily food under the corner of a carpet or towel lying on the floor. You can “hunt” together to find them!
2. Water game
Put a small quantity of water in a container and add a plastic ball or a paper boat. Entice your cat to push the object through the water.
3. Hunting game!
Fill the bottom of a cardboard box with at least two layers of balls made of paper and throw a toy mouse so that the cat can "find it" as if he was hunting.
Feliway Classic Diffuser sends a natural message of comfort that creates a calm and reassuring environment in the house and helps prevent and manage your cat’s stress.
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The FELIWAY team
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