First and foremost: You are not alone with that and that is nothing strange! Many cats are shy, rather shy or anxious in certain situations.
In nature, fear has a very specific function: fear triggers flight, threat aggression. Both are for survival. While daring, daring colleagues do not have a very long life expectancy, prudent behavior – being on the hat – is a life insurance policy for others. It’s better to sit back, always mindful that there might be a danger behind the next corner.
So fear is something very useful and serves to preserve the species.
However, when fear becomes “self-perpetuating”, self-protection does not have much to do.
Then harmless events or encounters are the triggers of sometimes violent reactions or attacks, which make the life of the cat and its person permanently difficult. The whole thing increases in part so far that the cat is encapsulated, no longer eats and also no longer social contacts to conspecifics.
Many cat friends are then helpless and often do not know how to continue.
Why is my cat scared?
Fear is not the same fear, it has many facets.
On a wide scale – from uncertainty to panic – everything can be there. But they have one thing in common: it is a feeling that this is perceived as negative.
Cats who are very self-conscious can become anxious about certain events. For us, that’s usually nothing great – but a world collapses for your Miez! To help your cat, you need to do cause research: what could be the reason for their behavior?
It is often not easy to realize what the trigger is or was. Has she had any bad experiences in the past and is now afraid that what she has experienced will be repeated?
Fear of negative experiences
You know that: once you have hit the hot plate, you do not do it a second time (unless you are masochistic). The same is true of your cat!
She wants to avoid that something unpleasant happens to her again. Fear is a biological self-preservation principle that tells the cat, “Avoid danger and pain – it could be your last! You do not want that because you’re here to multiply and sustain your species. ” And because cats – unlike us humans – trust their instincts, they’re smart and scared.
Negative experiences with humans
Especially cats that have had bad experiences can be very suspicious of people: these include strays that have had to hit the streets or cats that have experienced violence in their homes.
And many a cat owner does not care what a cat’s “treatment” should look like; There is often no evil intention behind it – they just do not know it better.
Either way – what some cats have to endure is a very sad chapter and exceeds our worst imaginations. Rather, it borders on a miracle that even such cats with a lot of patience and love can regain trust in humans.
Negative experiences with veterinarians
“Could I only hermetically seal all body orifices …”
many cats think when they visit the vet. “First you put me in a tight basket, in which I can not even turn around; then I have rudely pulled out again and touched in bright light everywhere on the body. And that also from a stranger!
And then this horrible After anxiety and pain – this is tormented – maybe it will be painful for me in the end?
Or I have to stay here again? In such a bare dungeon, only with food and water. Last time it was terrible! – Just wake me up when it’s over! “
No matter how carefully you do it – the visit to a veterinarian is and remains more or less frightening for your cat.
Negative experiences with transport boxes
“A camel goes through the eye of a needle” … once your cat has had negative experiences with the transport box, it becomes a real challenge for you to bring it close to the ominous container!
By itself, a box of your cat makes no problems: cats love caves!
Cartons of every goodness are therefore occupied by cats with a preference; the new kitchen machine is unpacked – schwupp – the packaging is occupied.
And that can be tight – a cat squeezes through every crack – in a shoebox!
With the transport box, cats often associate unsightly events:
The mobilization has effects that cats do not like. Excitement, stress, the unknown – all that would be better to avoid your cat.
Incidentally, you already feel that something is in the air if you have not even pulled out the box: suddenly your cat is as if swallowed from the ground …
Negative experiences while driving
One cat takes a car ride, another hates it.
Little children whine on longer car rides: “When are we finally here?” – “I have outburst”! – Cats do that too! But in her own way:
They start ” protest songs, ” which are quite pervasive, and thus express their displeasure. Too long, too hot, too helpless – imagine how you would go as a cat in a car.
Besides, your cat has no sense of time like you; she can not tell how long it takes or where the journey is going. As a rule, she does not see much in her box.
Maybe you have to lay down a full stop and your cat will be thrown back and forth. Or she just gets sick driving: some cats can not handle the swing – then a mishap quickly happens.