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Understanding Cat Stress and What to Watch For

Understanding cat stress is important for your cat's well-being and health.

Your furry friends can become anxious or stressed rather easily. With just a change of environment or an adjustment to a new household, a pet can become stressed. For instance, cats are not partial to change, something as small as moving a litter box can cause stress or a change in behavior. Naturally, it’s important to understand how your cats are affected by their environment. By learning and understanding cat stress you can better know what to watch for when they’re stressed and how you can help them. Fortunately, we sat down with our Trupanion pet program team to discuss the importance of understanding cat stress and best practices for your best friend.

Understanding cat stress and how to help

Understanding cat stress can help you see critical cat behavior changes that have taken place.

What is the importance of understanding cat stress?

Understanding cat stress can be beneficial for the health of your cat. Also, it’s important for the emotional health of your family as a whole. For example, if your cat is stressed, there is a good chance the family is stressed as well. In addition, “A lot of stress for cats is caused by their environment, so reducing your own stress can help reduce your cat’s stress, so you’re both happier,” shares the Trupanion pet program team.

Understanding cat stress and cat behavior

If you believe your cat to be stressed, it’s essential to see the signs, if your cat needs help.

Consider the following signals your cat may be exhibiting:

  • Excessive grooming
  • Inappropriate urination (for example – outside of the litter box)
  • Excessive scratching and vocalization
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Digestive issues like diarrhea and constipation

Also, if you find your cat is isolating themselves, hiding, or sleeping excessively they could be trying to get away from what is stressing them out.

Consider when this behavior change took place, and keep a journal to track their patterns or activity. Essentially, this may be a way to track your cat’s behavior and a tool for discussing treatment with your veterinarian.

How to help your stressed cat

Besides spending quality time with your cat, take the time to bond. For instance, you could take a cat-nap together. Additionally, a little play always helps, consider some mentally and physically stimulating toys.

Also, cats need space, so make someplace for them to retreat to. Naturally, the cuddle time and snuggles are much appreciated but don’t overwhelm them if they are feeling uneasy.

Consider taking it day by day and let your cat lead the interaction.

Cat stress and anxiety

In addition, give your cat some space, and seek care if you are noticing excessive stress signals. In fact, the best course of action to help your stressed cat is to seek veterinary care. Certainly, if you find your cat exhibits stress and anxiety chronically – even after a daily schedule or regimen- “Your veterinarian might need to look into a possible underlying medical condition,” points out the Trupanion team.

Understanding cat stress can help the home environment.

Understanding cat stress may be beneficial for the whole family

Understanding your cat’s stress can help identify what’s causing your cat’s stress and provide a more positive home environment. Also, a better understanding of stress on your pet may help you identify triggers and seek veterinary care. Further, a healthy cat may make for a happy furry family member.

For more on cat health, read A Pet Owner’s Guide to Feline Panleukopenia

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