Hi. Melinda here.
My boy Spike, a.k.a. Mr High-Maintenance Pants, has been afraid of thunder and intrigued/afraid of lightening all of his 10 years. We moved to a house with a sunroof in the family room. It really should be in a higher ceiling but so be it. Shortly after moving in we had an intense hail storm; large hail and it sounded as though a machine gun was firing for the longest time directly at that sunroof. Well, it scared Spike and his sister Sookie half to death.
An important fact to know about Spike: He considers my spouse his personal human bodyguard. She worked from home since he was Babyspike but that changed just when we moved. I have MS and I swear he called me "gimp" one day when I yelled at him for being on the stove. He loves me, he just doesn't feel as safe with just me here.
Bottom line it's been raining lots at night. Now thunder or not he runs behind her recliner and growls until the rain stops. He's a delicate, huge cat. There's no calming him. He'll even climb inside the chair with her in it. Awkward.
What to do? Thunderstorm season/ tornado weather is upon us. We can't remove the sunroof. He's not adjusting to her being gone so much. How to make him feel safer?
Thanks for hearing me out and for any advice you can give.