We all have visitors in our homes — sometimes just one or two folks and, other times, perhaps a party. While very normal for us, visitors can be very stressful for cats. Even if your visitors are people your cat already knows, disruptions to her schedule, unfamiliar noises and smells, and less one-on-one time with you can all lead to behavior issues.
Cats like to be in control of their environment. Visitors can cause nuisances for cats by upsetting their normal routine in the home. It's common for activities in the home to change with visitors:
- People will sit in your cat's favorite chair
- Furniture will move around
- Certain doors will be closed, which may reduce the cat's access to her favorite spot
- More noise
- Different feeding times
The longer the visitors stay, the longer this stress remains for the cat.
How you can help?
- Allow your cat to approach visitors when it's comfortable for her.
- Give your visitors a toy that your cat enjoys playing with so they can interact in a fun way.
- Let your cat hide away in an area separate from the visitors until she's ready to emerge.
- Teach children to play gently with the cat and not bother her while she's sleeping or eating.
- Use the Comfort Zone Calming Diffuser in the areas that your visitors will be located in so your cat feels more relaxed.
Not everybody likes cats. "Non-cat people" will tend to make themselves as invisible as possible so the cat avoids them. But the cat actually finds this display of body language far less threatening, and may well move toward the non-cat person to explore further!
To help make your cat more comfortable during holidays, plug in a Comfort Zone Calming Diffuser a day or two in advance. The diffuser will last for four weeks (so you may need more than one to keep your cat comfortable through the festivities), and helps your cat adjust to a changing environment. Stress behavior (vertical scratching, urine spraying, etc.) is usually a result of stress, and using Comfort Zone products can help keep your cat happy and your home safe. Comfort Zone is used and recommended by veterinarians nationwide.