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7 Ways to Help a Cat Who Is Scared of Thunderstorms


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats )

Cher
- 266 days ago - catster.com
Does your cat freak out when the sky lights up and echoes with thunder? Here's how to help.



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Kit B. (277)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:41 am

A friend of mine bought a "thunder jacket" for her dog, no help for him, but it sure helps my cat.
 

Ljiljana Milic (108)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:57 am
Iíve heard and read about Thundershirt, but I newer seen one.
& Noted & Thank you Cher.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (458)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 10:43 am
It is amazing that my middle cat becomes a bit agitated before a storm. He will look to me for comfort, which he finds on my stomach.
 

Barbara D. (107)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 11:33 am
I can see storms coming in across the valley, so....a generous helping of Cosmic Catnip and Yambo's in Kitty LaLaLand for the duration.
 

GGmaSheila D. (89)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 1:14 pm
Only had one cat that didn't like storms, the rest just didn't like when the thunder startled them out of their catnaps. I would have make sure I was sitting or lying down so my Big Guy could crawl up for extra loving. Of course that meant his sister, Little Bits, had to jump up so she wouldn't miss out on anything. Thank You.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 2:14 pm
My cat, Charlee, was once fearless, nothing scared him. Then a few years ago he became ill overnight and I took him to the vet immediately. X-Ray showed his heart had enlarged so that it takes up most of his chest cavity and gave him a day or two to live. I couldn't accept that, as Charlee was always so playful and full of life and the joy of the house. I asked her what could cause it and she said she would have to run more tests, I told her to go ahead. She called me later that day and said that his thyroid was triple the normal size and asked her if that could cause the enlarged heart and she said that it could. I said to treat him for the thyroid and the heart as I just cannot lose him. He lay on the sofa gasping to breathe for a week, without eating, or getting up or even moving. I just kept giving him his medicine on time and checking on him around the clock. One early morning, I woke up, went to check on him and found him walking beside me down the hall. I was so excited, turned on the light and there he was, quite wobbly-legged trying to walk. No more gasping. I picked him up and cuddled him and was so relieved that he made it. Gave him some water, but he still wouldn't eat, ended up having to be force-fed for a few days and then he started eating again, he had lost a lot of weight. Anyway, until that episode, he was not afraid of anything. After that, he is afraid of thunder, and any other noises. Maybe because he now feels vulnerable? Yes, he is still here and doing well, the vet said he can die any time with a heart attack, but it's been 4 years and he still plays, but tires easily. Takes lots of long naps and is now 12 years old.
 

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (42)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 2:32 pm
Good tips,thanks for sharing.My two cats are 1 year old and they've never seen a storm
 

Ruth S. (404)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 2:35 pm
That was so loving what you did for your kitty Barbara, we would do anything for our babies.
 

Christine Stewart (130)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 5:37 pm
Thanks for the good information.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 5:50 pm
Thank you, Ruth, yes we would do anything for our fur babies. He hides under the sofa. As soon as thunder is barely heard by me, he wakes up, and walks over to the sofa and crawls under it. Sometimes,he hides under the bed. Recently, he was caught out in a thunderstorm as when he heard the thunder, instead of staying on the porch he ran and hid somewhere else. I called and called him (he is great at coming when called) and then it poured. I kept going door to door calling him. When the thunder stopped, I spotted him in the flowerbed, soaked and muddy. I think he may have come when I called him there (sometimes it takes a while to come) but I was calling him at another door. But when I went back to that door calling him, he came out of the flowerbed and rushed into the door. Odd, since then, he hasn't been quite so afraid of thunder. Once lately, he didn't bother to hide at all. Maybe he learned that it wasn't going to hurt him, just makes lots of noise?
 

Kay M. (363)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:00 pm
thanks.
 

Jody B. (6)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:01 pm
Thank you!
 

PrimaSICK B. (1275)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:48 pm
Good tips. Most my cats have this one spot they love that is not hear any windows and they go there obviously because it makes them feel safe. I would assume they also must know staying away from windows is a good idea.
I do how ever worry about my strays during a thunder/lightening storm. It does scare them. although one is doing pretty good at times laying out of the storm on a doormat but watching the entire storm. I'm proud of him because everything scares him.

TY for the post....


Barbara, that's quite a story and i'm glad your baby had made it much longer than expected. We do love our babies.
 

Lisa Windsor (156)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 6:30 am
thanks, my kitties pretty much seek comfort with me. :)
 

Aine Conghaile (8)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 9:29 am
Strangely,in Glasgow we have just had lots of thunder and lightening,my cat not fazed at all,never has been at all.
 

Sara P. (54)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 10:45 am
My baby Mia during a thunderstorms continue to sleep :))))
 

Peggy A. (0)
Sunday August 11, 2013, 10:41 am
Thanks for sharing. I will remember!
 
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