Cats are usually frightened by loud or unusual sounds such as thunderstorms, music, and guests at home. Their reaction is often to hide in order to feel safe. This article is here to help you live with fearsome noise cats and how to make them tolerant and confident. We will provide as complete as possible all current solutions.
Why are cats afraid of noises?
Noises have always intrigued and terrified animals. For this reason, mammals use noise and intimidation before going on to attack or defend themselves. Cats are no exception. Over time, there were mechanical noises. They learned to live with it. They can be stressed and scared. The unknown scares the cat, even it is a calm and peaceful animal.
Cats are usually inherently afraid, and they may be afraid of all kinds of things. Especially cats may be oppressed by loud and/or unusual sounds: music, thunderstorms, objects falling on the floor, vacuum cleaners, etc… However, this varies from cat to cat, some are afraid of the slightest noise while there are other cats who are more peaceful.
Cats that have had a good domestication will not be afraid. There are animals that keep a wild side and can be afraid of the slightest noise. They will flee and take refuge in a place they deem safe.
Fleeing is not the only symptom of a scared cat. Its manifestation may be different like a cat defecating elsewhere than in the litter box. Surprise is also a situation where a cat can defend itself by aggressive or growling (this breathing is a noise to make it surprised). Excessive licking is part of the catalog of scared cats. Surprise is also a situation where a cat can defend itself by aggressive or growling (kind of breath used against the source of the noise that surprised him). Excessive licking is part of the catalog of scared cats.
Not all cats are fearful of noise
Fortunately, not all cats are afraid of noise. But unfortunately, some cats exhibit a more or less important phobia that develops during the period when the kittens begin to discover the world. If he is not used to all the noise that exists, he may be surprised and uncomfortable the first time he hears this famous noise.
Among the sounds that cats can hear, we will find:
Automobile engines, trains, airplanes, all mechanical equipment with more or less noisy engines ;
Vacuum cleaner, oven, alarm clock, toaster…all the daily accessories that the cat owner will use ;
Telephone bells, doorbells, horns … all the sounds that can fill our daily life ;
People who speak loudly, people who scream… all the noise caused by humans and those around them.
There are other noises, such as gunshots, vibrations… All existing sound sources may put animals in a more or less stressed state. In this case, it is a good idea to let the animal adapt to these noises so that it learns to live with them and feel happy.
Solutions to make your cat accustomed to everyday noise?
We provide you with some tips. Our first consideration is anti-stress dietary supplements. They are supplied by a veterinarian on prescription, in the form of medicine, or in anticipation of a stressful event: inviting people to the house, etc. Anti-stress dietary supplements generally do not cause side effects or habituation. They can often be given to animals for a long time. Don’t hesitate to discuss this with your vet.
Another method is to use a soothing dispenser or spray for cats. They are composed of pheromones, which can reassure animals and keep them in good condition. The diffuser also exists in the form of a power socket for continuous diffusion.
If the cat starts to worry, you can also try to play with it. Indeed, the game will distract the cat: it will focus on things other than noise. The game is also an excellent anti-anxiety medicine.
Ideally, kittens should be accustomed to hearing all kinds of noises from childhood to prevent them from becoming stressors in adulthood: vacuum cleaners, music, doorbells, etc.
In adulthood, it is possible to make cats accustomed to noise, but you must be careful to do so gradually. For example, to get your cat used to the music, play it on low for a short time (a few seconds), If your cat shows no signs of stress, we recommend that you reward and praise him well so that he can associate the noise with something positive. You can gradually increase the music volume and listening time.
If all these measures are not enough, we recommend that you consult a veterinarian. He will examine your cat and determine whether it is fear or phobia. Veterinarian prescription treatment can make a big difference. Your veterinarian will set up behavior therapy and administer medication if necessary.