Take It Easy: How To Calm A Nervous Cat


Cats can get nervous and anxious quite easily, especially if you happen to adopt a cat who had lived in an environment where every day was a challenge and where it had to be on its toes just to survive. There are innumerable other reasons why a cat might be particularly nervous and it is important that you know how to calm it down.

The most important thing is to identify the causes of their nervousness. They may have had some stressful experiences or they might not be used to people and other members of the household. Perhaps it just recovered from a nasty illness. Identifying the cause is essential because it will help you come up with the right “treatment”.

A calm and quiet environment is the first step in the treatment. The cat needs to be in an environment where it will not be startled every few moments. This room should also feature a number of spots for the cat to hide. The cat should also have access to everything it might need – food, water, sleeping space, litter, some toys or a scratching post.

The next step is to start interacting with it, at all times taking care that you are not pushing the cat too much. Try and bribe it with treats so that it will let you pet her and show her that she is safe and loved. The rest of the household can join in, but only after the cat has shown signs of relaxation.

If this slow process doesn’t work, there are plenty of herbal remedies that might do the trick. Many manufacturers have products with herbal essences which have a calming effect on a cat. Lavender and honeysuckle have shown to be particularly calming.  As a last resort, you might want to talk to your vet and ask them if they have any medications that they would prescribe. This should only be done if nothing else works.