Felines may look to be tranquil, calm creatures, but just as humans, they can be subject to stress. Some things that can cause stress in cats include having visitors over, moving into a new residence, adding a new feline to the household, and other changes in your cat's surroundings and schedule.
A sign of anxiety may be chewing. Cats may chew and/or lick as a means to manifest anxiety and distress. This behavior can be carried out to the degree that your cat may develop unpleasant-looking hair loss and sometimes serious sores.
When stress has an effect on cats, they are likely to lose their appetite. Cats refusing food for more than a day or two need to be brought to the veterinarian's attention, so that she/he can test for a disorder called ''fatty liver disease."
Stressed cats may develop a tendency to hide for long periods of time. This is often seen in cats that are exposed to loud noises or who have been around children or other pets that have caused stress and fear.
Stressed cats may defecate and urinate in places other than their litter box. The feline may be too scared to move about and may choose to go near is/her favorite hiding places.
When cats are stressed, they every now and then become aggressive. A representative state of affairs is ''redirected aggression." With this stipulation, a cat may see a person or animal out of the window, become filled with fear, and then attack his/her owner.
While stress in cats may be restricted to a few days, lingering stress may have a negative force on the cat's overall health and overall well-being. If your cat is displaying symptoms of stress, get in touch your veterinarian immediately