Why Do Cats Go Crazy When It Rains? (And How to Stop It)

why do cats go crazy when it rains

Tired of trying to decipher why your fluffy feline friend goes absolutely bonkers when it starts pouring outside?

You're not alone, my friend! 🤗

I've asked myself the same question a million times.

But fear not, because today we're diving into the enigma that is cat behavior during rain. Let's unravel this mystery together, shall we?

Reasons for Fear of Rain and Odd Behaviors of Frightened Cats

Cats can get scared of rain for a few reasons.

You see, cats are creatures of habit. They might associate rain with bad memories from their past.

Maybe they were left outside in the rain or abandoned during a big storm.

These experiences can make them fearful and anxious when it's raining.

And you know what?

Weather changes can really mess with a cat's behavior.

It's like when you open the fridge and your dog comes running, expecting a treat.

When storms come rolling in, cats can become agitated or even act aggressive.

That's not something to brush off lightly.

So, when it rains, you might notice that cats go into hunting mode or become curious and restless because of all the new sounds and smells in the air.

Reasons for Fear of Rain and Odd Behaviors of Frightened Cats
When it rains, you and cats both get uneasy. You know why? 'Cause they remember bad stuff from before and get all scared. Storms make them jumpy and might even turn 'em into fighters.

Their natural instincts kick in, making them more active and possibly even more aggressive.

It's as if the rainy weather brings out their wild side.

During storms, you'll probably see some common behaviors exhibited by scared cats.

They might make distressed noises, hide in dark corners or under furniture, and show signs of restlessness.

These are all indications that your fluffy buddy isn't too comfortable with the rain.

PLEASE keep in mind that cats have sensitive natures.

Changes in atmospheric pressure, dislike of loud noises and things like thunder and lightning, and the desire to stay dry are three big reasons why cats act strangely during a downpour.

And if you find your furry friend hiding in the closet during a rainstorm, you might be wondering why.

Well, wonder no more! I've written a guide called "Why Is My Cat Hiding in the Closet" that delves into this mysterious behavior.

In it, I explore the reasons why cats seek refuge in the closet during storms and provide tips to help them feel more secure.

So, when you're ready to unravel the secrets behind your cat's closet fascination, make sure to check out my informative blog post.

Understanding the Curious Behavior of Cats in the Rain

Restlessness and pacing: Cats on rainy days

Do you ever notice how cats can get a little crazy when it rains?

Yeah, they're not too different from us.

Many cat owners have seen their furry friends go all restless during storms. It's like they just can't handle the change in routine.

They start pacing back and forth, not knowing what's going on around them. Poor things!

Hyperactivity and curiosity: Rain brings out the wild side

Have you ever wondered why cats go into overdrive when it rains?

Seriously, they become full-on explorers.

It all goes back to their hunting instincts.

The rain triggers something inside of them, making them super curious.

You know that sound of raindrops hitting surfaces?

To cats, it sounds just like a potential prey moving.

Understanding the Curious Behavior of Cats in the Rain
When it rains, cats get all jumpy and wild. They think raindrops are dinner calling, so they can't help but be curious. To feel safe, they'll hide in cozy spots. Just give them some lovin' and hugs to calm their nerves on stormy days.

Can you imagine?

So, naturally, they start investigating everything, thinking they'll find some imaginary critters.

It's kinda cute, really.

Seeking shelter: Cats love enclosed spaces

When it starts pouring outside, cats just want somewhere cozy to hide. I mean, who can blame them?

They feel safest when they've got walls surrounding them.

Like having their own personal fortress against the storm.

Don't be surprised if you find your feline friend under the bed or squeezing into tiny spots during a rain shower.

That's their way of finding comfort.

Understanding these typical behaviors of cats during rainy weather can help you ease their fears.

You can be their superhero by giving them love, cuddles, and a sense of security.

Stormy days don't have to be so scary for our precious pets.

Cats and Their Unique Relationship With Water

Cats generally hate getting wet because their fur lacks water resistance, limiting their agility and protective capabilities. Rainwater can weigh down a cat's coat, hindering freedom of movement and reducing their quickness. Although certain breeds possess water-resistant coats for dealing with precipitation, keep in mind that cats can consume rainwater directly from the sky without any issues.

However, you should consider water that has touched the ground or roof as polluted and unfit for feline consumption.

The Impact of Noises and Atmospheric Pressure on Cats

Cats have great hearing and get freaked out by loud sounds like thunder and lightning. It makes them anxious and stressed when it's stormy.

When there's a storm, cats feel scared and want to hide in safe places to feel better.

Besides the noise, rainy weather and storms mess with the air pressure, which affects cats in different ways.

It can make their joints hurt, make them restless and jumpy, all in all just really nervous.

It also messes with their inner ear, causing them to act weird and disoriented.

They're also extra sensitive to electricity in the air, which makes them even more jittery.

Believe it or not, some cats can actually predict storms and start acting strange up to two hours before it starts raining.

So it's best to keep your cats inside during storms to make sure they stay safe.

Calmly Handling Scared Cats on Rainy Days

Calmly handling scared cats on rainy days requires patience and understanding.

Calmly Handling Scared Cats on Rainy Days
When it rains, cats can get restless or go bonkers because the noise and scent of rain make them want to hunt. To assist your furry pals, give 'em spots to hide, chill things out around 'em, make rain good times for 'em, take care of 'em, keep 'em entertained inside.

Here are some tips to help you create a safe and comfortable environment for your feline friend:

  1. Provide hiding places where your cat can feel secure and protected. This could be a cozy cat bed, a covered crate, or even a cardboard box with blankets inside.
  2. Maintain a calm atmosphere by playing calming music or white noise to drown out the sound of rain. This will help reduce stress and anxiety for your kitty.
  3. Consider using pheromone diffusers or sprays that mimic natural feline pheromones, creating a more relaxing environment and promoting a sense of security.
  4. Reassociate rain with positive experiences by providing treats, cuddling, and engaging in indoor playtime during rainy weather. This will gradually change your cat's attitude towards storms.
  5. Offer your cat care and support, reassuring them with gentle strokes and soothing words. However, keep an eye on their behavior and consult a veterinarian if it does not return to normal.
  6. Provide your cat with enclosed beds or spaces where they can retreat to when feeling scared. This will give them a sense of safety and security.
  7. Ensure your cat has access to their basic needs: food, water, litter box, and scratching posts. These familiar resources will help make them feel more at ease during rainy days.
  8. Keep your cat entertained with indoor playtime and interactive toys to prevent boredom and destructive behaviors.

Remember to observe your cat's behavior and adjust your approach accordingly to keep them comfortable and happy during rainy days. 😺

Ending notes

Key Takeaways:

  1. Cats become restless during rainstorms due to changes in weather.
  2. Cats may associate storms with bad memories or past experiences.
  3. Rain triggers a cat's hunting instincts, leading to hyperactivity.
  4. The sound of rain mimics the movements of prey animals, making cats more active.
  5. Cats seek shelter during storms in enclosed spaces for comfort.
  6. Cats' wet coats from rain can hinder their movement and agility.
  7. Cats' fur is not water-resistant, making them uncomfortable in water.
  8. Some cat breeds have water-resistant coats and are better suited for rain.
  9. Cats are more sensitive to noise and thunder than humans.
  10. Rainstorms cause anxiety and stress in cats.
  11. Changes in atmospheric pressure during rain affect cats' behavior and balance.
  12. Calmly handling scared cats during rain involves bringing them indoors and providing comfortable hiding places.
  13. Playing calming music or white noise can drown out the sound of rain.
  14. Reassociating rain with positive experiences can change a cat's attitude towards storms.
  15. Contact a veterinarian if a cat's behavior does not return to normal during rainy weather.

And that wraps up today's article.

If you wish to read more of my useful articles, I recommend you check out some of these: Why Does My Cat Purr When He Sees Me, Do Cats Understand Kisses, Why Does My Cat Sit in the Bathtub, Why Do Cats Knock Over Their Food Bowls, and Is Purring Involuntary in Cats

Talk soon,

-Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Howdy howdy, I'm Sarah Davis, and I'm all about cats – that's right, those mysterious, independent furballs we adore. So welcome to my blog "I Care for Cats", where I dish out the real talk on cat food, health, training, behavior, and so much more. My goal? To help your feline friends live their best nine lives.