Stress in cats
It can often be difficult to tell if your cat is stressed. Their behaviour might change subtly, or they might begin to do things that you might perceive as 'being naughty.'
There are many reasons stress can occur - it is an immediate response to a threat that enables the cat's 'flight or fight' response. Moving house, changes in the environment, unfamiliar people visiting the house or the arrival of a new baby or pet can all trigger a response. However, ongoing stress can be harmful to your cat's health so it's important to keep an eye on their behaviour.
Spotting signs of stress
Many of the signs of stress are similar to those when your cat is in pain.
With any unusual behaviour change, it is important to get your cat checked out by the vet. Signs of stress can include:
- becoming more withdrawn or hiding more than usual
- becoming less tolerant of people
- hesitating or becoming reluctant of using the litter tray, going through the cat flap, sitting on your lap
- eating or drinking less
- increased anxiety or fear
- sleep disturbance
- pacing, circling or restlessness
- a scruffy or matted coat
- house soiling
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