Originally Posted by midnightbride
Whenever I accidentally step on one of the cats or something like that, I immediately run over to them and kiss and sweet talk them so they know it wasn't on purpose!! Works right away and they're fine. Otherwise, they think you're mad at them and did it on purpose! Even if they're scared, go get them right away and pet and soothe them so they don't think you hurt them out of anger. I think it's very important to do this. The one time I was in a rush and didn't stop to do this, the cat that was stepped on took it out on the other one while I was at work - huge fight.... I'll never do that again. For some reason, they seem to understand when you "apologize"....
I do this with my kitties, too... They are very perceptive and I know they do understand when you "explain" to them that you're sorry.... And I also think it's important to do it immediately. Cats can be like children, in a way, very insecure and in need of reassurance sometimes. When Kuri gets scared of new people coming over, and hides behind the fridge, I make sure to call him and coax him out so he knows he doesn't have to be afraid.... Otherwise, I think he'd be there for hours not knowing that he doesn't really have anything to worry about.