How To Tell Your Cat Is Stressed
January 13, 2020
If your cat is stressed, they can become emotionally and physically ill. As a cat owner, you’ll pick up if something seems odd or out of character but how do you know it’s stress related?
Here’re some signs to look out for…
- Frequent runny nose and eyes.
- Loss of appetite or eating less than normal.
- Sleeping more than usual.
- Sudden weight loss or gain.
- Over grooming.
- Large bald patches in fur.
- Not urinating or pooing as usual.
- Blood in urine.
- Excessive and loud meowing.
- Aggressive behaviour towards you, your family or visitors.
- Aggressive behaviour towards other pets in the home.
- Withdrawal from you and the family, not wanting to play or cuddle.
- Urinating on furniture and other items around the home.
- Excessively scratching on the furniture.
- Jumping at every sudden sound or movement.
- Constantly hiding under a sofa or bed.
- Repeating pacing accompanied by loud meowing.
There can be many things that cause your cat to get stressed such as:
- A change in their routine.
- Moving houses.
- Loud building work in the house or in neighbourhood.
- Large number of guests visiting.
- Unneutered stray male cats in neighbour.
- Addition of new pets in the household.
To protect your cat against feeling stressed try to anticipate what things causes them stress. Obviously the longer you have had your cat the more you learn about them and know what they like don’t and don’t. So if you have a kitten it’ll take some time to learn about their likes and dislikes.
Once you have identified the possible sources of stress, you can help reduce the chances of your cat suffering from it again.
If your cat continues to act stressed, visit your vet. Especially if you have noticed any changes in your cat’s physical health.