Timid frightened cat sleeps constantly

by Karen

I have a 3 year old boy cat that used to be very playful and energetic but last week he got really scared when an Electrical Engineer came to our house for a routine checkup and hasn't been the same since.

The engineer banged the external door very loudly then came in and banged on the porch door really loudly and my cat, Bandit, was so scared he jumped under the duvet and hid until he left.

Ever since this event, he has been found hiding in weird places, on top of the kitchen cupboards and even in kitchen cupboards and is sleeping constantly.

I am really worried as this has been going on for over a week now.

He has always been a timid cat but normally adjusts quickly after it. He usually gets scared when he hears the window cleaners ladders and hides under the duvet but once they leave, he checks out the house and is fine an hour or so later.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

thank you so very much.

Worried cat mum.

Answer by Kate
Oh dear it does sound like your poor little nervous cat is taking his time to get over this recent experience.

unfortunately some cats are just more nervous than others and in general there is not much that can be done apart from trying to make sure that they avoid causes of their fear if possible and to allow them time to recover in their own way afterwards.

There are some calming medicines available which help some cats if they get particularly distressed but it usually best to check with the vet first.

I do have a web page about nervous cats which you may find of further information here


Allow your cat the time to find his confidence again, i'm sure he will he just needs to feel safe again. spend time with him and allow him to come to you this will help to build confidence etc.

besty wishes kate

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