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How can I get my fraidy cat to be less afraid?

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My cat seems to be scared of everything. What can I do to get him to calm down?
asked Jul 2, 2013 in Cat Behavior by anonymous

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Has your cat had much socialization? If not, it takes a bit of time and patience to gain his trust. Some cats are intimidated by a human's size so crouch down to pet him. Cats are predators, so using toys, especially the fishing pole types, can encourage your cat to come out of his shell. Don't make any loud noises around the cat that may startle him. Your cat can sense your feelings so keep calm around him. Ask visitors to behave calming near your cat too. You can also try Bach's Rescue Remedy for Pets to calm him down, just follow the instructions for cats. Eventually, with patience your cat will lose his fear.
answered Jul 5, 2013 by (36,420 points)