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We installed ceiling fans in our house a week ago and one of our cats is absolutely terrified of them. She is okay with them off, but the instant we turn them on she runs for her life and hides under the bed for hours, until she is certain that they are off. They don't even have to have any speed, just the initial turn of them starting up is enough to scare her. Any ideas on how to get her to adjust? She scares easily as it is, but we don't want her living under the bed just because we need the fan on.
I wouldn't worry about it. Turn the fan(s) on and leave them on, kitty will come around. Kitty isn't going to voluntarily starve and dehydrate him/herself so they will eventually see that the fan isn't going to hurt them. Cats don't do well with change and usually need awhile to adapt. Just have to give it time.
She is scared of everything! When we got new furniture she hid behind the dryer for a day. She usually adjusts within a day or two, but it's been over a week already and she is still terrified.. She actually stayed under the bed for more than 24 hours after we installed them without food or water. We left it close by but she wouldn't come out. And yes, she used the bathroom under the bed as well, even though the litter box is just a couple feet away. We can't have her doing that! Ah well..... I guess we will have to work it out.
Well I hate to say it, but, that's cats. What I said was, she wouldn't starve or dehydrate herself to death...not that she wouldn't stay there for a day or 2 . Your best bet would be to block off places that she could hide easily (such as under the bed) or put her in a metal crate so that she can't go anywhere. Cats don't like change, and yep, some are "frady cats" (name came from somewhere), they just have to get used to it. You can't force that or make her okay with the fan. She either works it out on her own, stays out of the rooms with fans, or you guys give in and get rid of it, but you can't force her to be okay with it sooner than she's going to be. It'll take time (and when I say time, I mean like weeks possibly a month). I have 2 cats too, I've had cats for over 25 years, trust me, I completely understand, but I've also learned that you can't force a cat it just has to come with time.