Reducing Stress suggestions
This will be ET's 1st Chinese New Year celebration with us. We didn't celebrate CNY last year cos mother-in-law passed away. Lately, we have been making alot of changes in the home in preparation for CNY - spring cleaning, changing the curtain, sofa cushion, adding new stuff, getting busy, staying away from home for many hours most days. Throughout all these, I was well aware about kitties stress matter. I have been observing ET, he seemed ok, except for a wee bit more meowing and asking for playtime, which I did oblige even if I was in the midst of something.
The problem is, ET is extremely timid and extremely afraid of strangers. As always, our CNY means visitation from friends and relatives over a period of 2days. What can I do to reduce ET's stress during this period? Confine him in his room where he feel safer for the 2 days and use Feliway? I have only feliway spray, or is it better to use a feliway diffuser? hope I have enough time to go buy one before the pet store closes for the holiday.
In another 2 weeks' time, ET will go boarding for 5 days, that's another stress. I didn't realise until now, I am putting him through alot of stress, starting from our preparation for the CNY. Pet sitting is something my hubby is so strongly against, so I am left with no choice but boarding.
I have been communicating to ET though for 2 weeks, telling him we will leave him in boarding house for a couple of days, and asking him to respond if he will be brave enough to stay there. Surprisingly, he always responded by licking my feet and placing his paw on my feet, as if assuring me he will be ok. I also told him, he needs to make it easy for me to get him into his carrier. Then I place treat into his carrier, he went in, I gave a litte push, he went right in, turned around and stayed in his carrier. What do you all make of this?
Any other suggestions to reduce stress level? I feel bad enough making him go through all these or maybe everything is alright actually, I worry for nothing?
Last edited by snowy; 02-04-2013 at 09:38 AM.