October 2010 Issue

How to Soothe Your “Scaredy” Cat

Believe it or not, some of it is simply your petís genetics. But there are some easy ways to help calm her fears.

Whenever cat owner Susan Lomond turns on her printer, her cat Sylvester dashes over to sit on it, lie on it and watch in fascination as the paper comes out. But when Susanís friend Diana turns on her printer, her cat, Petra, flees in terror. Cats respond differently to noise depending on their personalities and experiences ó and even their genetics. When cats get scared of noise, we often feel the need to protect them. Hereís what you can do to help your cat cope with noise. Scary Sounds. Cats differ from dogs when it comes to being frightened by noise. Dogs are notoriously afraid of thunder and fireworks, and will often try to escape from the house in a panic.

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