Just like people, pets can be afraid of things. And just like people they can be comforted or considered so they won’t be so afraid. I have a cat, her name is Lucy. Lucy is afraid of storms, water, and the vacuum cleaner. I try to do my best to comfort her if these things scare her and be considerate of her if I have to do something that will frighten her.
I try to not put things under my bed, because when it gets stormy out she likes to run under there and hide. She’s just looking for a place to feel safe and she feels safe near me, so I make sure she can get there if she needs to.
Since Lucy is afraid of water, I rarely give her water and shampoo baths. Instead I found these wipes to use. They’re a lot like baby wipes, but are for pets. She’s still not pleased with the bath, but she’s less afraid. When I have to give her an actual water and shampoo bath I try to move slowly and talk softly because if she’s going to be scared of the water already I don’t want to frighten her further with quick movements or loud noises.
Now, the vacuum cleaner is tricky. Lucy can hear that no matter where she is in the house. When she hears it she tends to find a hiding spot very quickly and it usually takes me a while to find her afterward. Since there isn’t really a good way to avoid scaring her with the vacuum I try to be considerate of her when I do vacuum. First, I’ll check to make sure she’s not sleeping. If she’s asleep she’ll be surprised and more frightened than if she sees me getting the vacuum out. Second, I try to vacuum as quickly as possible so she isn’t subjected to the noise for too long. Finally, I make sure to have a good supply of her favorite treats. If she’s hidden too well, I can shake the bag to get her to come out of hiding and she’ll come running up to her treat plate.
Whenever I’ve had to do something that’s scared Lucy, like give her a bath or vacuum the living room I make sure to give her some treats so she knows that everything is okay.
Pets are just like people. They can be afraid of things and need to be comforted. Next time your pet is afraid do your best to figure out a good way to comfort it.