While thunder and fireworks can surely terrify Fido, can these noises scar your cat? There are many everyday sounds that felines find disturbing and are the cat equivalent of fingernails being drawn across a chalkboard. But what noises could be terrorizing your cat and how can you alleviate her misery?
Here’s everything you need to know about the sounds that make your cat squeamish.
Is My Cat’s Hearing Sensitive?
It most definitely is! Cats are turned off by many sounds because they can hear noises from 45 to 60,000 hertz. That’s compared to your 20-20,000-hertz hearing range. That difference of almost two octaves! So, while you might not notice some everyday sounds, your cat certainly does.
Sounds Cats Can’t Stand
Here are some everyday noises that could be offensive to your cat.
Do Cats Love Certain Sounds?
There are some sounds that are music to your cat’s ears. These noises can calm your cat and help to alleviate stress and anxiety. Some sounds cats simply adore include:
Help Your Cat with Scary Sounds
So how can you help your cat get used to the sounds she hates? One of the easiest ways is to provide her with a “safe space” where she can retreat to. This can include a comfy bed on a cat tree or shelf or an open cat carrier. Spray this area with calming pheromones, sprinkle it with catnip, and place her favorite toys and blanket in the space to make it more inviting.
Shut off or unplug all of your electronics while not in use. When you vacuum, put your cat in a safe room and use a blanket to seal out the sound that can come under the base of the door. Adjust the volume of your phone if your cat is disturbed by the shrill ringing. You can also set your phone to mute and have it buzz instead of loudly ring.
While you can’t prevent every unsettling noise your cat can hear, you can take steps to alleviate her stress. By creating a safe space where she can hide, your cat will feel more secure when these noises do occur.
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