How to tell if your cat is stressed

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How can you tell if your cat is stressed? Here are some tell-tale signs that tensions may be high...

How can you tell if your cat is stressed? Here are some tell-tale signs that tensions may be high...

  • Is your cat more clingy or distant than usual?
  • Is your cat spending more time outdoors or refusing to come inside?
  • If your cat is being bullied by a neighbouring cat he may refuse to go outside
  • Has your cat started scratching furniture, marking or soiling inappropriately?
  • Does your cat seem to be over-grooming, scratching or biting at his skin?
  • Stress can lead to cystitis in cats so keep an eye on your cat's toileting habits

If you think your cat may be stressed, take away the stressor if it is obvious; provide high-up and dark hiding places; place facilities for each individual cat in separate areas of the house, away from windows, cat flaps, doors etc; do not over-fuss your cat as this can be intimidating and actually exacerbate the problem; and provide Feliway diffusers or spray to help put your cat at ease.

It's always worth seeing your vet about sudden changes as there could be an underlying medical cause.