It is a normal reaction for a cat to exert aggression and even fear induced anxiety when they are taken from their familiar surroundings, such as moving to a new home, going to the vet and even being around unfamiliar people and/or other cats.If your cat is normally isolated from other types of environments and condition changes you will see a drastic change from the affectionate loving cat into a highly anxious and overly aggressive beast.
Many people often resort to all types of soothing tactics to help calm their fearful or aggressive cat and in some cases they even resort to administering sedatives to induce calm feelings and behaviors.Giving your cat a sedative may be your only resort if all other methods are ineffective.But before you start putting your cat on kitty valiums and other sedative you should always consult your veterinarian first. Here are some natural resources you can use to help calm your fearful or aggressive cat.
Cat Nip – Cat nip is a natural herb given to cats typically in toys and sometimes in their food.The effects of cat nip are a stimulant that works with your cats’ nervous system and helps them to feel calm yet very playful.Since this is a natural form you may want to try and introduce cat nip in their kitty carrier if going out or if introducing your cat to a new environment, people or other cats.
Physical And Verbal Contact – Cats are much like a young child and sometimes the sound of your voice or a genital touch may do the trick.Try using a calm soft voice while softly stroking and petting your cat. This will help to reassure your presence which can be very effective if it’s your cats first time going to the vet or being around other cats and people.
Feliway Spray – Sometime you can use over the counter methods to help calm your cat and reduce the level of aggression or fear.While Feliway spray is traditionally for non litter pan compliant cats, it has also shown effects on calming your cat and reducing aggressions.
Prescribe Sedative- If you feel that your cat has a compulsion or a tendency to be overly aggressive or extremely fearful and other methods of calming your cat nerves have been ineffective then you may want to consider consulting your veterinarian about some possible prescription aids.
One way that is quite useful as well as a proactive method to help your cat during travel and/or around other cats is to introduce these activities early on when your cat is a kitten.Kittens adapt to new things much better than older felines so try on occasion taking your cat out for a casual drive or maintain a level of contact with other cats while they’re still young. Remember your cat will communicate with you about what makes them anxious or aggressive you simply have to listen and you’ll be able to determine if sedatives are necessary in calming your aggressive or fearful feline.