|Cats are emotional sponges that can quickly pick up on your mood and energy level. If you’re nervous, it may not be long before your cat becomes nervous as well. This is why your cat runs and hides when it’s time for a veterinary check-up even before you’ve taken the carrier out. He easily picks up on your nervousness about the upcoming wrangling and wrestling that will take place just to get him in the carrier. When dealing with a stressful event, take a deep breath and try to project a sense of calm. If you’re relaxed, kitty stands a better chance of being relaxed. If you’re visibly angry, your cat may tense up and become confused and scared. So even though your cat may not look as if her mood has changed, she can easily be absorbing whatever you’re projecting.
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of seven best-selling books. Her website is www.catbehaviorassociates.com
August 19th, 2011