Cats are really good at hiding when they’re sick or injured. The same goes for when your cat is stressed. Much like with people, stress isn’t good for cats and chronic stress can even suppress your Kitty’s immune system response, placing her at risk for a wide range of illnesses. It may take a little detective work to know if your cat is stressed, but there are clues you can watch for. Read on as a veterinarian lists some common signs of stress in cats. Signs Your Cat Is Stressed.
Cats are well-known for their cleanliness and grooming habits, but your cat may be feeling stressed if she grooms too much. This is especially the case if she’s licking certain areas, such as her legs or belly. And if she’s throwing up hairballs more than usual, this may be caused by excessive grooming.
Of course, this behavior can point to another more serious health issue, so do make it a point to have Kitty checked out by a vet.
Keeps Missing the Litter Box
Marking their territory is something cats do to feel secure and safe. If Kitty starts to make a habit of relieving herself outside of the litter box, she may feel stressed. Keep in mind that other things can cause your cat to do this, such as a litter box that isn’t kept clean enough or a health issue. As a general rule, it’s best to rule out medical problems beforehand. This is another instance where a vet visit is warranted.
Unusual Scratching Behaviors
Scratching behaviors are another way cats mark their territory. Still, if Kitty begins scratching in areas that she normally wouldn’t, such as the furniture or the walls she may be trying to alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress by self-soothing.
Just like when they’re sick, cats may withdraw or hide in an area where she feels more secure when she feels stressed. And if Kitty normally acts curious and playful, withdrawing is a definite sign that something’s wrong.
If your cat goes from a cuddly snuggler to a furry ball of fury, stress may be the cause. This may also take the form of sudden aggression towards other cats or dogs in the household, or towards you.
Again, if you notice one or more of these behaviors in your cat, don’t assign stress as the cause until you’ve ruled out a health problem. If you have more questions or wish to schedule your cat for a checkup, please don’t hesitate to call us, your local animal clinic in Waterdown, ON!