Some cats literally will pull out their fur when they feel anxious. Stress is a very major concern because it has a philosophical effect on all aspects of cats’ experience.
Stress can set off feline reactions ranging from simply hiding to self-mutilation. Cats, like humans frequently need support during tough times. Your loving helping hand can work wonders.
In the case of feline stress, a small amount of it is in point of fact a good thing. Predatory animals benefit from excitement, therefore your kitty may delight in the stimulation caused by a wee bit of stress. However if stress increases radically, it can take a toll on your feline’s health. Chronic stress stifles the immune response, causing an extensive range of illnesses, and there is a link between stress and pancreatitis- inflammation of the pancreas--which can cause abdominal pain and may also lead the way to other health problems in your cat.
Still health isn’t the only facet of your cat’s life that can be affected by stress. Considerable stress may also sway your cat’s behavior. Cats often develop fear-related responses to everyday things, like the hiding under the bed and refusing to come out syndrome for example. A stressed cat may on the other hand become more aggressive than normal, making that bonding playtime physically painful. Some cats stop eating altogether, whilst others eliminate outside the litter box, spray about the house, groom way too much and become fidgety and just plain restless..
Cats thrive on familiarity and a regular schedule; for that reason, change is the major offender of feline stress. A modification in your cat’s surroundings be it moving to a different home or taking in a new housemate can terrify your cat. Since social relationships are an essential part of your territorial cat’s life, any sign of a “trespasser” may make kitty feel threatened and uneasy.
True, stress is often caused by outside issues, physical pain can have a say as well. Experiencing pain without knowing why can be a terrorizing experience for your feline. It’s imperative to consult your veterinarian in these situations.
Always be observant of changes in your cat’s behavior. Watch for body language that shows stress. Anxious cats exhibit a big round-eyed look, with dilated pupils. Also observe the ear position: confident cats’ ears slope upward or are relaxed. If your feline’s ears stand back and are flattened, adjacent to his/her head, the cat is more than stressed and in an aggressive mood.
Always take your cat to the veterinarian first, to rule out any medical issue. Stress is frequently, related to crystals and urinary tract infections. An extensive study on cats was conducted and it was determined that stress may certainly set off such problems in your cat’s urinary tract. These conditions are generally treatable when diagnosed early.
Be long-suffering during change when your cat is having trouble adjusting to a new home, take things in measured manner. If kitty feels most comfortable under the bed for the first few weeks, let him/her be. Just remember to bring in the food, water and perhaps even a litter box.
Introduce new pets slowly and don’t force relations. If your feline doesn’t want to join in the fun, then lay off and try it another time.
Set up a routine: It’s always good for cats to be able to anticipate things. Stick to a timetable for daily interactions; a few play gatherings your cat expects will help him/her regain control once again.
Stress can make a giant difference not just in the life of the cat, but yours as well so be sure to take instant steps to pacify your ill at ease kitty. Understanding, love and attention will go a long way toward reducing your cat’s surplus stress