Unlike dogs (who are quite vocal about their disdain for storms), a cat’s reaction to storms can vary. Outward behaviours such as ‘being clingy, restlessness … [and] pacing’ are obvious signs that your cat is distressed. However, if your furry friend tends to stick to themselves, they may hide from the storm in safe places such as ‘under beds or in dark, quiet corners.’ Regardless of how your cat reacts, we’ve put together some tips for how to keep any cat calm during storms.
Create Hiding Places
Keep Them Inside
Breathe & Give Your Cat (Some) Space
In regards to giving your cat space, this has to do with their behaviour. Generally speaking, cats may want to be left alone during storms. Taking them out of their hiding places or holding onto them will do nothing but make your cat’s anxiety worse. Let your cat know that they are still in your presence, but don’t coddle them. With that being said, if your cat comes to you for comfort, go right ahead and pet them.
While there’s a variety of medications and ‘anxiety wraps’ that can keep them calm, the above tips are some of the easiest ways of keeping your furry friends calm during stormy weather.
Written by Matthew Leong for FFARQ