Angie Bailey, an
blogger, and humorist, is
the author of Texts from
Mittens and whiskerslist:
the kitty classifieds.
6It’s Halloween, and a parade of trick-or-treaters rings
your doorbell. Is this a scary
trick or a treat for your cat?
a. Scary! Kitty disappears to an
undisclosed hideaway until
the next day when he cau-
tiously returns with signs of
b. Sorta scary. He retreats to a
stack of towels in the linen
closet until he hears you
open a can of food at the
end of the night.
c. Not too scary. You’ve
placed kitty in a closed
room with his favorite com-
d. Total treat! In fact, he wants
to know where his giant bag
of treats is!
7How does your cat behave when you take off for a gro-
cery run, leaving him alone?
a. He vocalizes and, if you’re
gone for more than a few
hours, may show signs of
constipation in the coming
hours or days.
b. He meows for a few min-
utes after you’ve left
(the neighbors made sure
you knew that) but then
c. He curiously watches you
get ready, then naps while
d. He can’t wait for you to go
so he can cruise the counter
— maybe there’s a fresh stick
of butter up there.
Considerable fear and anxiety can be indicators of serious health or behavioral issues. Inappropriate urination or defecation, compulsive grooming, hiding more than usual, shaking, hunching down, or aggression may be signs that
your kitty needs to get to the vet — pronto.
Some cats are naturally more cautious
and anxious than others. You can sometimes prevent triggers with preparation.
For example, if you’re having a big dinner party, give kitty a comfortable and
safe place behind a closed door to
hang out for the night. Teach visitors
how to best approach your cat, and
don’t make him come out of hiding
if he feels better in a concealed location. Some cats
respond well to cat-safe holistic calming formulas, while others may
need a prescription medication. Discuss all options with your vet.
PRETTY COOL KITTY CAT
Your cat is pretty average when
it comes to handling anxiety and
fear. Sure, she might be startled
by a knock at the door or the
clanging of pots and pans, but
she recovers fairly easily. If she
does have occasional triggers,
refer to the guidance outlined in
the Mostly Bs section.
Your cat’s totally chill. He loves people and activity and doesn’t have
any trouble sleeping alongside a running hair dryer. Even though your
kitty’s calm and collected, don’t ever try to scare him or test his chill —
like those people in the “cats and cucumber videos,” for example. That
makes you not cool.
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