Cats like to be in control of their environment. Visitors disrupt the normal routine in the home which can be upsetting for cats.
Changes to routine such as:
- Certain doors being closed (reducing the cat’s freedom)
- More noise
- Different feeding times, etc.
- New smells
- Movement of furniture
The Fourth of July is around the corner and it has become an American tradition to celebrate the holiday with a friendly barbecue or cookout in ones yard. If you are planning on hosting one of these gatherings yourself, your cat may not be as excited about it as you are. With cats being extremely territorial, having visitors in their home can induce a lot of fear and stress for them. Fortunately, you don’t have to cancel your patriotic festivities as there are various steps you can take to make the day less stressful for your feline friend. If you know visitors are coming, place a Feliway diffuser in your home about a week before the visit. For additional support, you may even have visitors spray themselves with Feliway so the cat feels more comfortable around them.
Ceva, the makers of Feliway, offers more tips on how to help your cat cope with visitors here.