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Anxiety In Cats

July 15 2023

Our feline friends are mysterious and temperamental for such little furballs. Fluffy is quite emotional, though can be loving and cuddly one day and completely aloof the next. Just like people, kitties can also suffer from stress and anxiety. A Crown Point, IN vet offers some information on this below. 

Symptoms Of Anxiety

Fluffy can’t tell you how she feels, but that doesn’t mean she won’t give off clues. Hiding is one possible sign, though some cats go the opposite route, and get extra clingy. Your feline pal may start avoiding her litterbox, or go off her food. You may also notice her coat looking unkempt: cats that are very stressed sometimes under- or over-groom themselves. Other warning signs include a lack of interest in play, grumpiness, and aggression.

Causes of Anxiety

Kitties can become anxious over a variety of things. Major changes, such as moving, tend to make our feline pals very uneasy. Some other examples of big changes that could upset a cat would be getting a new roommate, whether human or animal, or perhaps losing an owner or family member. Then there’s separation anxiety, which is common in kitties that spend a lot of time alone. Medical causes are another possibility. Even flea infestations can be upsetting to some pets.  

Keeping Kitty Calm 

There are a few things you can do to help Fluffy feel better. First and foremost, make sure that she feels safe, loved, and comfortable. Pay lots of attention to her! Your kitty may also appreciate cat furniture pieces, particularly those that offer her a spot to retreat to, such as a cat tower. Give your little buddy lots of toys, and take time to play with her every day. This can actually help quite a bit: many pets are calmer after burning off their excess energy. If your furry friend often stays home alone, turn a radio on before you leave.

Medical Issues

Keep in mind that cats have odd ways of showing signs of illness. Most—if not all—of the symptoms we listed above can be indicative of medical problems. We recommend getting Fluffy checked out. If your furry friend gets the thumbs-up from your vet, at least you know she’s healthy, and can focus on keeping her calm and happy. 

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Crown Point, IN pet hospital, anytime.