|Some cats are fine during thunderstorms, but others can get so frightened that it develops into a phobia. If your cat gets upset at even the approach of a storm and gets so frenzied that she is a danger to herself, it needs to be nipped in the bud. The easiest treatment is to bring your cat into an area that gets little of the sound and flashing. You could even consider soundproofing a room (or your cat’s crate, if you live in a smaller space) and putting blackout blinds on the windows.
Counter-conditioning is another option that is often successful with cats. Here, you associate the storm with positive things such as food, treats and play.
Kelly is a pet writer. She lives in the Boston area with her three pit bulls and one neurotic cat.
July 26th, 2010