A few weeks ago, my cat started freaking out whenever people walk by the my ground-floor window. Is there a good way to help her chill out about it?
A few weeks ago (around the time I came back from holiday travel), my 9-year-old cat Isabel (pic 1
, pic 2
) started getting rather agitated whenever someone walked by my living room window (shown in pic 1) and she happened to be sitting there. Her behaviour is quite aggressive when this happens — hissing and swatting at the glass. She'll also do this when cars pull up next to the window. Unfortunately, this happens not infrequently — the driveway you can see in pic 1 is where my neighbours park their cars. She'll even hiss at me if I walk around and show myself at the window.
I've lived in this apartment since August, but I hadn't seen this behaviour from her until the beginning of this month. She's always been a little agitated about the neighbour cats who appear out the window sometime, but this reaction to people & cars is new. If I pick her up when she's agitated like this, she doesn't attack me, but as soon as I put her back down she immediately runs back to the window and looks out again.
Unfortunately, there isn't really a good way to rearrange my furniture to keep her away from the window (the apartment is small), nor is there a good way for my neighbours to get in and out of their apartment without going right by this window. She'll head-butt the Venetian blinds out of the way to be able to look out the window, so I don't see an easy way to block her access to it — especially if I don't want to cut out most of the natural light from my living room. Also, any potential solution has to take into account the fact that I rent, and that I'm 99% likely to be moving again over this coming summer.
I thought about using Feliway, but I'm not sure from the information I've read whether it would actually help in this situation. As I said, she's lived here since August, so I'm assuming this apartment is already soaked in her pheromones. Given the $50+ pricetag of the infuser, I'd like some assurance that it would actually work before I invested in it.
She's not being destructive to my property (short of knocking over a lamp once or twice), but I'm worried that I'm causing her undue stress. Do any of the cat-loving MeFites out there have any experience with similar situations, or advice about how to help kitty chill out a little?