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5 Reasons Your Cat May Be Feeling Stressed
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5 Reasons Your Cat May Be Feeling Stressed

5 Reasons Your Cat May Be Feeling Stressed

If you think your pet is stressed, it’s important to try and find out why.

 

1. Check That Your Cat Is Healthy

It may not be immediately obvious if your kitty is unwell, but if they feel ill, it could be causing them stress. You should take your cat to the vet to rule out any illness, ensure your cat is healthy and not experiencing any pain - especially if they have lost their appetite. A vet visit will be able to reassure you - and help you understand any other causes of kitty stress!

 

2. Have There Been Any Changes Your Kitty Doesn’t Like?

Cats are undeniably creatures of habit! They can feel unsettled if something changes around the home - for example, if you’ve moved the furniture, you’re undergoing renovations or you’ve introduced something new into their environment. If possible, you should try and make changes around the house slowly to give your kitty some time to adjust. Any unfamiliar new pets or visitors may cause kitty stress, so ensure new introductions are made gradually. Your pet may also feel uncomfortable if there are changes to their routine, so it’s best to make sure that you stick to this as much as possible; keep mealtimes regular to avoid your kitty turning their nose up at their food!

 

3. Is Your Cat In A Kitty Conflict?

Another cat may be causing your kitty to feel stressed. If you have multiple kitties, make sure one is not blocking the other’s resources, and that both cats have access to their own food and water bowls, litter box, and scratching post. Use FELIWAY Friends Diffuser to provide a pheromone encouragement for getting along.

Where you place the resources is also key to ensure that your cat is happy to use them. Place the litter box away from food bowls and clean it regularly. It’s also best to locate your cat’s resources somewhere quiet so that they are not disturbed.

If you don’t have other pets, you should consider the possibility that neighbourhood cats may be coming by the house and scaring your kitty! If your cat spots another cat through the window then you should pull the curtains to help your kitty feel more secure - also ensure that there’s no way for a neighbourhood cat to enter your home.

 

4. Is There Somewhere Your Cat Can Retreat To?

While excessive hiding may be a sign that your kitty is feeling stressed, hiding is a natural behaviour. It’s important that your pet has somewhere to go if they need some alone time! This can help them feel calm and secure so it’s a good idea to make sure that there are some comfy cat-friendly shelves and perches around the house. Most cats love height so a climbing tree is also a good idea; your cat can retreat up there to observe your home from above and have some thinking space!

 

5. Loud Noises and Funny smells Are Not A Cat’s Best Friend

Cats have sensitive hearing so they may be disturbed by loud noises such as fireworks. They may also find some noisy household appliances stressful or could even be upset if the humans in their life are making too much noise. Consider how you use appliances such as hairdryers, tumble dryers and vacuum cleaners and try not to use these right next to your purrrfect pal.  New aromas can be off putting for cats too, be mindful of any new cleaning products, especially those used to clean litter trays and bedding and aim for fragrance free.

 

Don’t panic if your cat seems to be a bit stressed; try and get to the bottom of what’s upsetting them and remove the source if you can. Always speak to your vet and consider seeking a professional behaviour specialist if your cat continues to show signs of stress; long-term stress can be emotionally and physically draining for cats. Consider using a FELIWAY Diffuser to create a relaxing environment in your home. Thanks to the “happy messages” it releases, FELIWAY provides constant comfort to your cat, and can alleviate stress, and help nurture your relationship.

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