Signs of stress in cats
Sometimes it can be tricky to understand what your cat’s behavior is communicating because cats often seem to mask their inner state. We will discuss some signs you’ll want to watch for, particularly if they appear suddenly. Stress can also be a signal that your cat has a health issue. Chronic stress can suppress the immune system and lead to a range of illnesses.
- If your cat is urinating outside the litter box, pay attention. He or she is trying to tell you something. If you can’t figure out what that is, consult your veterinarian.
- Diarrhea, constipation and other digestive problems can be caused by a variety of things, physical or emotional. Have your cat checked out.
- Excessive licking is another symptom of stress. We all know cats are careful about their grooming, but if your cat is licking herself raw or bald, it’s a sign of distress.
- Although cats are often solitary creatures, if they start hiding from you all the time, it’s a good idea to have them checked by your vet.
- If your cat hasn’t typically been a “talker” and suddenly starts vocalizing a lot more, or if he sounds panicky, he may be feeling stressed.
- When your cat has a decrease in appetite, it can be a sign of stress or a health problem. So if she suddenly loses interest in her food, or stops eating when nothing else has changed, see your vet right away.
- If your cat starts sleeping more than his usual pattern, or gets lethargic, make an appointment with your vet.
- Aggressive behavior toward other animals or toward people can be a sign of a stressed or sick cat.
Your biggest resource when it comes to detecting stress in your cat is your knowledge of your cat’s typical personality, behavior and habits. If your cat starts exhibiting one of the above behaviors, make an appointment to have your cat checked out for stress or disease. At Claus Paws we excel at diagnosing problems in your pets. Make an appointment here.