If your cat is afraid of visitors, it is not only uncomfortable for your guests, but above all for your velvet paw. She is experiencing great stress at this moment because she feels threatened. But how can you take the fear away from her?
Why are some cats afraid of visitors?
On the one hand, it is partly a question of the cat's personality whether you have a confident or shy house tiger at home. On the other hand, however, the environment also plays an important role in character development, especially the circumstances during the so-called socialization phase of young kittens. This begins around two to three weeks and ends between the eighth and twelfth weeks. If a kitten has had little contact with different people during this time, there is a greater risk that it will later regard strangers as a threat and be afraid of visitors. But older cats can also develop such fear if they associate unpleasant experiences with strangers, for example that they annoy them, disturb their rest or cause pain. At worst, it becomes an anxiety disorder.
Strengthen your cat's trust
With a lot of patience and empathy, you can also stop your cat from fear of visiting and rebuild its trust. Before your fur nose has gained a little self-confidence, it is better not to invite guests to your home in order not to put them under stress unnecessarily. Make it a habit to play with your cat every day, preferably in the room where you want to visit later. Then your kitty links the room with pleasant events and feels more comfortable there. You can also spend cuddling hours in the room or reward your cat with treats if they have behaved trustingly. So she knows that it is worth it if she dares a little out of her snail shell.
In addition, you should try to avoid unrest, loud noises, hectic pace and other sources of stress for cats in your home so that your velvet paw generally feels safer and more secure. If she is already fundamentally stressed, she cannot handle new impressions of how strange people bring her with her.
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Safe retreats for your velvet paw
Nevertheless, you should not force your kitty into contact with guests and give her the opportunity to decide for herself when she would like to get to know someone better and when she would rather examine him from a distance. So make sure you have plenty of retreats and hiding places so your cat doesn't feel restricted by the visit. It is good if you also set up cozy and safe places for your velvet paw in the living room or in other rooms where you want to receive guests, which are reserved for you all by yourself. A beautiful scratching post with elevated platforms and cuddly caves at a higher level is great, for example, but platforms on the wall or a cozy corner on the bookshelf or on the cupboard are also good options.
Taking fear of visiting: making strangers appear less threatening
If you have the impression that your cat feels safe and secure in your home and has gained a little self-confidence and inner peace, you can gradually introduce her to a real visit. Do not rush by throwing a birthday party or inviting the whole extended family, but start with a friend or relative. It is best to be someone who is rather calm himself and does not spread hectic pace. Ask your "guinea pig" to behave in a very relaxed manner and to ignore your velvet paw first. This way she can determine when she is ready to greet the stranger. It is good if the test guest sits down quietly and reads or does something else that requires concentration and has nothing to do with your pet.
In this way, your room tiger can carefully look at the "intruder" from a distance, sniff out the strange smell and understand that the newcomer poses no danger. You can increase the effect even more by playing the favorite game with your kitty, giving her treats or your favorite food or gently petting her while the visitor sits quietly. Then she associates the visit with something pleasant and loses her fear of it more easily.
Tips for visitors in the cat household
If you are a guest in a cat household, you can follow the rules of conduct of the cat etiquette to relieve the furry nose of visiting. Leave the cat alone and do not pay attention to it at all. Do not look at them directly - this is threatening - just blink at them slowly and casually from a distance. Only caress her when she approaches you and generally remain calm and relaxed. Try not to speak too loudly, laugh out loud or make other sudden loud noises, avoid hectic movements. Before visiting, it is also advisable to avoid intensive scents such as perfumes, so as not to irritate the fine cat nose.