A lack of confidence in your cat can have a sad effect on both your cat and you. When a cat is not confident in her environment, she displays fear and aggression. Hissing, running away, and hiding are all signs your cat may be suffering emotionally. Distress in your cat can lead to behavioral and even medical health conditions. Raising a confident cat who claims you and your family as its own is the key to living with a healthy, happy cat.
Confidence training starts as soon as you bring your kitten or cat into your home. Always be gentle with your cat and never hurt her or yell at her. Also, don’t force her to do something she doesn’t want to do. For example, you may need to trim her nails, but she’s not about it. Ease her into the process with a little touching, and eventually, she’ll warm up to the idea. But holding her down and forcing all front nails to be trimmed at once is not wise.
Setting boundaries and keeping to those limits is essential. If you don’t want your cat to jump up onto the counter while you’re cooking dinner, she must never be allowed on the counter. Allowing to lounge around on the kitchen counter while you’re not using it to prepare food will confuse her and damage her confidence.
Cats are governed by their stomachs even more than dogs are, and they rely on you for food since they can’t go hunting in the house.
The stress of not knowing when she might eat again is harmful, but sticking to a feeding schedule will help her feel confident in relying on you for meals. If you have multiple cats or other pets, you also need to make sure there are enough food resources for all your pets. Food and water scarcity can be very distressful.
Cats are curious, and their curiosity must be satisfied. A bored cat with no stimulation in her life will become depressed so encourage her to explore her surroundings. Give her new stimuli by rotating toys or give her a new box to investigate; but remember, always maintain a safe environment for her too. If she hurts herself, she will associate the pain with the behavior, and that may have adverse effects on her confidence. Cats also prefer quiet spaces, and you can hurt their sensitive ears with loud noises. Playing the music too loud or shouting will scare her and make her feel unsafe.
As a pet owner, you always want to provide a safe, secure home for your cat. If she feels all the comforts of her space, her confidence will grow, and she will find the social butterfly within herself. When a skittish kitten becomes a confident cat, you have indeed given a furry little soul a good home.