6 Signs Your Cat Might Be Stressed, and How to Relieve it? - Every cat owner wants their cat to be happy and healthy. However, some problems such as stress do arise. Yesterday your cat behaves as they usually do. Today, they suddenly hate everyone or pee inappropriately.
There are many signs of stress in cats. Here, we will help you identify the signs of stress so you can help them properly and quickly. Below are the signs you need to keep your eyes on.
Change in AppetiteIf a cat is stressed, there will be a change in their appetite. If you cat usually eats a lot, now your cat eats less. Conversely, your cat may also eat more than usual. Some cats may also stop eating altogether when they are stressed. The point is, there is a change in appetite.
Inappropriate EliminationA stressed cat will eliminate inappropriately. They will pee on the doors or windows when they smell other cats’ scent and will not use their litter box because they feel insecure about it.
Excessive GroomingAll cats self-groom. However, if your cat is grooming themselves excessively, it may indicate that they are stressed. After all, grooming is a self-comforting mechanism. So, the more stressed a cat is, the more they will groom themselves.
HidingTaking a refuge is a natural response to stress. If your cat is stressed, they will go to a safe and quiet place.
AggressionAggression is another common sign of stress. A stressed cat will show aggression. The aggression can be fear-based or redirected aggression. Fear-based aggression happens when a cat is cornered while redirected aggression happens when a cat channels their aggression from the original cause of aggression to the nearest object in their surroundings.
Excessive VocalizationIs your cat more talkative than usual? A stressed cat will talk more than they usually do. This is especially true for talkative breeds such as Oriental, Siamese, and Tonkinese. They may talk in a quite loud manner or talk during midnight.
These are signs of stress in cats. While stressed cats show these signs, these signs may indicate a different cause. For example, your cat shows these signs because they are in pain, injured or experiencing emotional turmoil.
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What should you do, then? Well, the first thing you need to do is to bring your cat to a vet. A vet will help you know whether or not your cat has a health issue. If there is no health issue found, then it is likely that your cat is stressed. At this point, you can start reducing their stress.