Helping a Timid Cat Thrive

Do you have a scaredy-cat on your hands? Just like people, cats all have their own purrsonalities. While some kitties are bold and fearless (perhaps too fearless, in some cases) others are very shy and nervous. If your pet falls into the latter category, read on! A Wake Forest, NC vet offers tips on helping a shy cat thrive in this article.

Veterinary Care

First and foremost, have your pet thoroughly checked by a vet. Cats often act withdrawn and antisocial when they don’t feel well, so you’ll want to rule out the possibility of medical problems. If Fluffy gets the green light, at least you know you have a shy kitty, instead of a sick one.


Cats are quite small and vulnerable, and can be easily frightened. Many kitties naturally feel safer in small, enclosed places. Make sure that every room in your home offers at least one hiding spot for your bashful pet. This can be a pet tent or tipi, or a cat tower with a closed-in space. Even a space behind the couch can work.


Playing is good for Fluffy in several ways. First, it benefits her physically, by keeping her active and fit. A fun play session will also burn off your pet’s nervous energy, so she feels calmer after. Playing can also help a shy cat gain confidence. Just as scoring a goal can help a child build self-esteem, getting those tricky pounce/jump combos just right can help your feline buddy feel more confident.

Kitty Comforts

Make your home fun, comfy, and entertaining for your cat. Set out lots of soft beds for your kitty to nap in. Fluffy will also appreciate having plenty of fun toys to play with.

Keep Kitty In

We always recommend that cats stay inside. Our feline friends face many dangers when they go outdoors, such as cars, weather, and predators. Keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors.


Pay lots of attention to your kitty. Talk to her, pet her, and play with her every day. This will help her feel safe, secure, and loved. Don’t force attention on your cat, however: let Fluffy decide when it’s cuddle time. You’ll have that motor going in no time!

Is your kitty due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control products? Contact us! As your Wake Forest, NC animal clinic, we’re happy to help.

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