Cats are sensitive animals. A stressed out cat is a common phenomenon among cats and is something we should try to avoid as much as possible. Stress can be caused by several reasons. It usually happens when the needs of a cat cannot be fulfilled anymore or when it ends up in an unpredictable environment. In this blog, you can find some tips on how to handle this.
It’s not always easy to see or understand what is going on with your cat. When they are in pain or are experiencing stress, they prefer to take a cat nap or isolate themselves in a quiet place. Always be alert when you notice any sudden changes in your cat’s behavior! It’s also important to not underestimate the impact of stress. Just like with humans, having stress over a longer period of time can make cats sick.
The best cure for stress is simple: find what causes it and remove it! Of course, this is easier said than done. There are lots of tips on the internet on how to handle a stressed out cat, but it’s vital you remove what has been causing the stress in the first place to prevent it from happening again in the future. You can use all the anti-stress pills, toys, etc you want, the stress will keep coming back if you don’t tackle the source.
Have you checked the litter box already? If it’s dirty, your cat may avoid it or will wait to do her/his business until it can go outside. You can be sure this can cause a lot of stress. Cleaning the litter box can make symptoms of stress magically disappear.
Another possible explanation for the stress is simple boredom. This could sound like a contradiction, but it’s not! Maybe you don’t have much time to play or you think your cat is too old to play. In the meantime, your cat doesn’t know what to do and gets bored. This can be expressed in different ways. For example, by endlessly walking around. Don’t give them treats that will calm them down, do the opposite and let them play. Get out of that couch and play with your cat, give them a challenge!
These are just some examples for stress, but there are without a doubt a lot more. We will repeat our golden advice one more time: find out what causes it and remove it! We can’t stress (pun intended) this enough.
Have a nice and relaxing Sunday without stress!
My Purry Friends