This page will give you the information you need in spotting cat anxiety symptoms and treating anxiety in cats.
Before we start its important to remember that like anxiety in humans feline anxiety behaviour and subsequently cat psychology behaviour is not natural.
A cats life consists of 5 main components.
If only one of these items is taken out of your cats routine it will most likely cause your cat stress. For example if you have an indoor cat that sleeps and grooms but doesn’t hunt then this can cause distress. Anxiety in house cats is common therefore It is important these hunting characteristics are exercised by proper stimulation i.e. playing with your cat.
Causes of Anxiety in Cats:
• Bullying by other cats
• Cats kept in doors
• Missing a person or animal
• Unclean litter tray in non private location
• Fear of humans or other animals
• No safe place to sleep
Due to the expressive nature of cats it can be quite easy to identify cat anxiety symptoms.
Symptoms of Feline Anxiety:
• House Soiling
• Lack of play and physical activity
• Reluctance to eat and drink
• Increased dependency on humans
• Extreme vigilance and unrest
• Defensive aggression towards people and other animals
• Changes in behaviour
If your cat is suffering from stress or anxiety it is advisable to seek medical advice as anxiety in cats is not natural. There are however some things that you can be done to insure your cat feels safe and relaxed.
• Always give your cat a high up place to sleep and rest. This will make them feel safe.
• If your cat is getting bullied by other cats let them sleep alone maybe on a cat tree.
• If you have several cats have more than one food/water bowl and importantly more than one litter tray, this allows them to go to the toilet away from their rivals.
• Make sure your cat has a bed positioned with a get-away route. A stressed timid cat will not like to sleep where they are over exposed or cornered.
• Always show your cat love and support, spend lots of time with them as they will see this as protection.
• Try feline natural remedies. Some advertised items that stop unwanted cat behaviour actually help your cat to relax and can help with feline anxiety behaviour.
It is important to remember that sometimes a cat is naturally anxious, this can root from as early as being the weakest of the litter or be caused by an event. A cat will feel comfort from your love even if they might not show it. Having a warm safe bed, food, water and love will almost always be enough even if they seem scared. Seek medical advice if you are concerned.
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