Just like people, cats can suffer from stress; admittedly lack of money, workplace stress or how they look will not cause our cats to be stressed. Cats, however, are quite sensitive creatures and there are many ways you can help if your cat is stressed.
First Things First
It’s definitely a no-brainer that you need to identify what’s causing your cat to be stressed. Most important is to rule out illness; your local vet will need to check your cat to make sure that an underlying illness is not the root cause. If your cat is otherwise fit and healthy then evaluate their living environment to try and work out what’s causing your cat to be anxious. The following are common examples of situations that may be stressful for cats:
- Moving home, decorating, building works
- Multi-cat household (even siblings sometimes don’t get along)
- New baby
- Changes in your routine
- Fireworks or loud noises
- People visiting
- Pet conflict e.g. unneutered male cats in the area
- Vet Visits
Physical Symptoms of Stress in Cats
It is important that you reduce stress in your cat as much as you can, if your cat is stressed, they can become both emotionally and physically unwell and may develop physical illnesses as well as displaying problem behaviour. There are many physical symptoms cats will display when they are stressed. Many of which are also signs of other illnesses, which is why it’s important to seek veterinary advice first.
- Diarrhoea / Vomiting
- Bald patches or sores on the coat caused by over grooming
- Eating non-food items such as wool, paper or plastic
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Frequent squatting, painful urination with blood in it (e.g. cystitis).
Behavioural Symptoms your Cat is Stressed
- Spraying urine on furniture, walls and other items around the home
- Urinating or defecating outside the litter box
- Fur Pulling, excessive grooming
- Aggressive behaviour directed towards you or other pets
- Excessive meowing
Cat Anxiety Prevention and Treatments
Cats are creatures of habit and they are at their happiest when they have certainty and routine in their life.
- Establish a routine for your cat and stick to it
- Introduce new pets and people slowly
- Make sure you have several drinking, eating and litter tray facilities in multiple cat homes
- A cat tree for safe perching and climbing encourages natural behaviour and helps them feel safe.
- Provide mental and physical stimulation with cat toys
- Somewhere to hide and get away from it all, empty cardboard boxes rank high for cats.
- Never shout at your cat, they don’t speak English and this will stress them more!
Natural treatments we offer:
Beaphar Calming Spot On for cats naturally and effectively calms and reduces problem behaviour in cats of all breeds and ages.
- Contains Valerian extract, a herbal supplement noted for its calming properties. Due to its micro-encapsulated formulation, a single application will calm your cat for up to one week.
- Can help alleviate problems such as vertical scratching on furniture, urine/scent marking in the home, excessive meowing and boisterous behaviour.
- It will also help your cat feel less apprehensive during difficult times such as visits to the vet or cattery, fireworks, thunderstorms, travelling in the car, or moving house.
Beaphar CatComfort Calming Diffuser is a simple and effective solution to reducing problem behaviour in cats, such as inappropriate scratching and urination, or general feelings of anxiety. Contains a copy of the naturally produced cat facial pheromone, which gives a continuous and reassuring message to let cats know that this a safe area for them to be in. The easy to use plugin diffuser can be placed in any area of the house and is effective for up to 30 days with continual use before needing a refill.
BeapharCatComfort Calming Spray is a simple and effective solution to reducing problem behaviour in cats, such as inappropriate scratching and urination, or general feelings of anxiety. This handy spray is perfect for use anywhere around the home and can be sprayed directly onto your cat’s bedding, helping them feel settled and preventing destructive behaviour.
Beaphar CatComfort contains a copy of the naturally produced cat facial pheromone, which gives a reassuring message to let cats know that this a safe area for them to be in.
Ideal for everyday use, during events such as fireworks or parties, and is especially useful in cat carriers during stressful travel or trips to the vet or cattery. Each application lasts for up to 5 hours.