Identifying and Tackling the Signs of Stress in Your Cat

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Cats can get stressed due to a number of reasons, from changes in their everyday routine to the introduction of new pets in the household. Cats have a tendency to hide their anxiety and stress, but there are some tell-tale signs that you can watch out for, to see if your cat is stressed out. Let's take a look at how to identify

signs of stress

in your cat and help them relax.

Signs of stress in cats

Cats are known to groom themselves often; however, if you notice your cat overgrooming themselves, and licking their skin sore, then it could be due to stress. Excessive scratching is another sign that could indicate stress in cats. Watch for changes in your cat's eating habits. Cats show a loss of appetite when they are stressed, much like humans. Digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea could also be indicative of stress. It's best to consult your vet to see what is causing the problem, so you can treat it at the earliest. Some cats urinate outside their litter box when they are stressed, despite being toilet-trained. Some others are more vocal about their stress, and may show repeated long mews to show the same. Of course, if your cat has always been vocal, then this may not be due to stress. Any change that you notice in your cat's lifestyle habits, whether it is excessive sleeping, aggression or aloofness could be due to stress.

How to help your cat relax

Comforting your cat may not be the best way to help them relax; you want to find out what is troubling them and improve the situation. If your cat is in a multi-cat household, an alpha cat may be making your cat feel threatened. Make sure your cats have separate feeding bowls and beds, so they don't cross each others' ways as much. Also, make sure that your cat has a hiding place to recoil into when they are stressed or anxious.Sometimes your cat may show signs of stress as something is off in the everyday schedule. If your cat spends a lot of time alone at home, you want to ensure they have sufficient play-time opportunities. Scratch posts and cat towers are a great way to keep your cat happy and busy when you are not around. Some cat owners even use catnip and diffusers that release cat pheromone-like substance to help calm their pets. These are just some general measures that you can take to make your cat stress-free. If they don't yield any results, then you may want to consult your vet to see if your cat needs any anti-anxiety

pills

.

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