Cats Stress in your cat and its treatment

Published on April 24th, 2015 | by Debbie Martin

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Stress in your Cat and its Treatment

You will want your cat to live a peaceful and stress free life but there may come a time when he gets anxious or uptight for one reason or another.

There are a number of reasons why there could be stress in your cat and their daily life. However, the good news is that as long as you look out for the warning signs you can do some things to really help him out.

More Than One Cat at Home

One of the main reasons why a cat could get stressed is if he lives in a house with other cats. They tend to be happier living and hunting alone so they can get stressed if they live with other felines. The issues that could cause problems include the fight to grab a fair share of the food and the social hierarchy. Also as is sometimes the case with humans, some cats might just not get along with each other from the start. If you find yourself in this situation then the best idea is to give each of them their own sleeping and eating space, so that they can find peace and quiet whenever necessary.

Moving Home

Moving home is incredibly stressful for people and it can also take its toll on our feline friends as well. He will be used to having his own place to eat, sleep and play so it might take him a while to get used to somewhere new. If you move home then you need to take extra care that your cat handles the move well. A good idea is to ensure that he finds his bed and favourite toys waiting for him when he arrives. You will also want to allow him to wander about and explore his new surrounding calmly and at his own pace.

Trips to the Vet

Some cats don’t mind going to the vet but others get extremely upset and stressed out about it. This could be added to if he has to make a long car journey to get there or comes across other stressed and anxious cats once you arrive there. He may also remember previous bad experiences there or be worried about running into aggressive dogs. The best thing you can do is try to make him associate trips to the vet with pleasant things. Play with him on the way there, give him some treats and try to reassure them that everything is going to be just fine.

A New Routine

Cats don’t like changes to their usual routine. Even seemingly minor and unimportant changes to their day can cause them to get anxious and stressed. Sometimes it might be impossible for you to avoid changing something in their routine but it is best to try and avoid this as much as you possibly can. Let him carry on with his same old routine as much as possible and you should see a happy, relaxed cat.

Lots of Noise

Noise can be very upsetting for cats. This can be noise from parties, from work being carried out on the home or from any other source. To a human it might just seem slightly annoying but your cat could get very upset with this sort of noise. It is always a good idea to think of your cat when there is going to be more noise than usual at home. Is there somewhere quiet away from the action where he would be happier until the noise stops? Cats don’t like loud music either, so try to keep the volume down on your radio and TV. However, you might find that gentle, soothing music helps him to relax.

How to Know If Your Cat Is Stressed

While some of the above situations are fairly easy to spot, there may be other cases of your cat getting stressed that aren’t quite so obvious. How will you know that something is wrong in order to do something about it and help the little fellow out? Cats have a few different ways of trying to tell us that something is wrong. He may start scratching where he doesn’t normally scratch, urinate away from his litter box or start spraying his territory more than before. You may also notice that he has problems feeding, especially if he lives in a multi-cat house. Another common problem is that of over-grooming. While most cats spend a good part of their day cleaning themselves, if he does this so much that he leaves bad patches on his fur then it is probably the sign of a problem. He may also become clingier and more vocal than before if he is feeling stressed out. He could also become restless or may hide under or behind furniture more than usual.

Remedies and Cure for Cat Stress

As we have already seen, sometimes the most effective approach is to identify the issue causing it. However, this might not always be possible. In this case, you will want to check out the remedies and cures that are currently available to help out. For example, you will find products that are designed to mimic the pheromone that cats use when communicating by rubbing their faces together. It has been shown to have a calming effect on felines and you can try it out as a spray or diffuser.

Seeing the Vet

Some of the symptoms associated with feline stress could also be signs of some sort of health problem. This is why it is a good idea to take him to the vet if you see any of these signs. He could be getting anxious because of something as simple as having long claws that are causing him pain and need to be trimmed. It could also be that the presence of fleas is making him very uncomfortable and causing him to do the things you have noticed him to. However, there could also be something more serious behind his recent behaviour. Get a vet to check him out and you will feel a lot better for having done it.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.



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