Is Your Cat Stressed Out? 3 Signs of a Seriously Anxious Cat
Felines are profoundly delicate animals that don’t respond well to change. Whether the disturbance is minor or major, for example, moving to another home, these things can prompt a restless feline. Figure out how to distinguish pressure in your feline so you can help them unwind and acclimate to changes.
#1: Your cat is urinating and defecating outside the litter box
Inappropriate elimination is a common side effect of stress in cats. Anxious cats are more likely to suffer from idiopathic cystitis, a condition that results in bladder inflammation and appears to have triggers rooted in stress. Once a cat associates painful urination with the litter box, they often begin to defecate outside it as well. If your cat has suddenly started avoiding the litter box, it may be experiencing stress or may have an underlying medical condition.
#2: Your cat is overgrooming and pulling out hair
During grooming, endorphins are released, making grooming a pleasant activity for your feline friend. When your cat is stressed, it makes sense that they would try to relax by grooming. However, this behavior could become compulsive, and your cat may continue it long after the stress has been resolved. Overgrooming and pulling out fur also can be signs of pain, so schedule an appointment with your veterinarian if you notice your pet grooming more than usual.
#3: Your cat is more reclusive than usual
Stressed cats tend to hide and may shun interaction with you or other pets in the household. You may find your cat lurking in their favorite hiding spot more often, or they may set up shop in a dark closet. In addition, they may become aggressive if you try to force them to come out and play.
Stress Awareness Month is an opportunity to reveal insight into a feline’s touchy nature and how they respond to pressure. Watch out for your feline to check if they are becoming stressed by changes and contact our team if you notice any worrying signs or believe your cat is having an emergency.