Does your cat seem restless or is it becoming overly vocal? If you have experienced these behaviors with your cat and others listed below, it may have an issue with anxiety. It can be a real problem as animals are also known to suffer from the pressures of daily life. We have only to look at zoo animals to understand the issues of anxiety in non-human species. It is something to be taken seriously for the health of your animal family member.
What Are the Signs ?
Below is a list of behaviors that your feline can exhibit if it has anxiety.
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Excessive vocalizing
- Changes in elimination habits
- Compulsive behaviors or Excessive grooming
- Health changes
- New destructive behaviors
If you have ever had an anxious attack, you know how unpleasant it can be. Relating that scenario to you cat is helpful in trying to find the best way to treat the anxiety. Eliminating the cause of the anxiety is the key to helping your cat, and preventing more severe trauma. It can manifest as severe depression, and it can develop into behavioral problems.
What Are the Causes?
Since your cat cannot communicate the problem, begin to investigate by making a list of what triggers anxiety in humans. The same things that stress you out could be the same for your feline. Like you, a cat can be prone to stress from changes in routine, uprooted situations, being left alone too long, or with the addition of a new animal family member, or the loss of one.
Although, it can be a long process to find out the root cause of the stress for your cat, your feline family member’s health should be a high priority. Some approaches to try include, using different toys for stimulation, and different diets for better nutrition. Maybe altering your activity schedule away from home is necessary as well. The following is a partial list of what the causes could be.
- Separation from family members
- No activity stimulation
- Lack of exercise or play
- Inadequate diet
- A hidden health problem
- Inadequate living environment
- Changes to the daily routine
- Stress from another pet
- Loss or addition of family member or cat
Ultimately, your cat’s well being rests in your ability to help it through its anxiety. Persistence is key to rule out any underlying cause. Medical intervention through your veterinarian may be needed such as a calming medication. However there are other products on the market that can be used to help calm your cat such as calming collars, calming mists, anti-anxiety supplements, calming cat chews, stress-relief coats, and natural remedies, such as catnip.
Like humans, some animals are naturally prone to stress and some have serious struggles with past traumas. These cats may need the assistance of a veterinary behaviorist or anti-anxiety medications prescribed by a veterinarian.
Be aware of behavioral changes in your feline to ensure that it is happy and healthy.