When you bring a new kitten into your home, it can be difficult to know how they’re feeling. Kittens are small and their body language can be hard to read. However, there are some telltale signs that a kitten is scared or doesn’t feel safe. If you know what to look for, you can help your kitten feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.
Signs a Kitten is Scared or Doesn’t Feel Safe
One of the most obvious signs that a kitten is scared or doesn’t feel safe is if they are hiding. If your kitten is hiding under the bed or in a closet, it’s likely because they’re feeling overwhelmed and need some time to themselves. If your kitten is hiding and won’t come out, try placing their food and water bowls near the hiding spot so they don’t have to venture out too far to eat and drink.
Another sign that a kitten is scared or doesn’t feel safe is if they are hissing or growling. This is a defensive behavior that kittens use when they feel threatened. If your kitten hisses or growls at you, it’s important not to take it personally. They just need some time to adjust to their new home and get to know you better. Try slowly approaching them with your hand extended so they can sniff you and get used to your scent. Once they seem more comfortable, you can try picking them up for brief periods of time.
The final sign that a kitten is scared or doesn’t feel safe is if they are constantly meowing. This can be a sign of distress in kittens. If your kitten is meowing a lot, try talking to them in a soft, calming voice and see if they settle down. You may also want to try playing some soft music or putting on a television show or movie specifically for cats so they have something else to focus on besides their fearfulness.
If you’ve just brought a new kitten into your home, it’s important to be aware of the signs that they’re feeling scared or unsafe. By knowing what to look for, you can help your kitten adjust to their new surroundings and feel more comfortable in no time.
I am Bernie Moya, and I love wildlife conservation. It’s my life’s mission to help preserve our planet and its inhabitants. I also happen to be a television personality. I’m 31 years old, and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.