Caring for a Scaredy Cat

Our feline friends may be small, but they have some pretty big purrsonalities. Just like people, some kitties are bold and outgoing, while others are much more timid. If you have a bashful pet, you may want to take some steps to help your kitty feel safe, secure, and loved. Read on as a local Isle of Palms, SC vet discusses caring for a scaredy cat.

Hiding Places

Cats are very small and fragile, and often feel uneasy when they are out in the open. Make sure your kitty has hiding spots to retreat to in every room. This can be a pet tower or kitty tent, a cat tunnel, or even a spot under a bed or behind a bookcase. The point is just to make sure that Fluffy always has a safe space to go to if she feels frightened.

Veterinary Care

Cats often retreat when they aren’t feeling well. If Fluffy doesn’t want to leave her hiding spot, she may be sick. Have your vet give your furry buddy a thorough exam, to rule out potential medical issues.


Did you know that playing can help build a nervous kitty’s confidence? Just as scoring a goal can make a child feel great, nailing that tricky pounce can make a timid feline more confident. Take time to play with Fluffy every day. This is also a great way to bond with your pet, and help her burn off excess energy.

Peace and Quiet

Cats tend to like their domains nice and quiet. (This does make sense: after all, Fluffy does spend the vast majority of her time napping.) Shy kitties may gravitate towards the quietest room in the house. Make this place comfy for your feline buddy by adding pet furniture, comfy beds, pet-safe plants, and fun toys.


If you’ve just adopted your kitty, she may still be adjusting. If your pet had a hard time in the past, she may also be wary, and may need time to settle in. Also, keep in mind that Fluffy may just be naturally timid. Talk to your cat, play with her, and offer toys and treats, but don’t force attention on her. You’ll have that little motor going before you know it!

Please contact us, your Isle of Palms, SC pet hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help.