We’ve all heard of anxiety, most of us will experience it at some point in our lives. What you
may not know is that anxiety is not something that only humans suffer with, our cats can
suffer just as much.
As heartbreaking as it is to think that your fur baby may be in distress, it doesn’t mean that it
can’t be helped. Here are the symptoms of anxiety in cats, so you know what to look for and
can be the best cat parent there is.
A poorly tum
Just like humans, heavy levels of stress can lead to a change in the bowels. This
could mean that your cat will have bouts of diarrhea. It’s worth noting also that the
litter box may not be used as it should in times of high anxiety; so it’s worth checking
around the house for accidents. Make sure to check the stool and book a trip to the
vet as dehydration is a serious risk.
Changes In Behaviour
When humans get anxious, it can leave them feeling out of sorts, with notable
behavior changes. One of the biggest signs of anxiety in cats is the same, they just
aren’t feeling like themselves. Your little furball may not be as active or may be trying
to escape often, even hiding. As a parent, these are things you will just notice, if
Tigger seems off, keep an eye on him.
Sometimes anxiety can cause nervous habits or ticks, for humans it can be nail-biting
but for cats, over grooming is a common symptom. This can become dangerous as
cats may groom to the point that sores and lesions appear, which can be very
painful. If you notice this, head to the vet to prevent infection.
Changes In Weight
Anxiety can make anyone want to either eat everything in sight or nothing at all. So,
it’s best to keep an eye on your feline friend’s weight to make sure he isn’t sneaking his sibling’s
food or alternatively, that he is finishing his breakfast. Fed is best!
Sometimes, to feel better, all we want is a good cuddle. Cats, as temperamental as
they may seem, can find themselves wanting more attention than usual. This can be
seen in separation anxiety, when you have to part with your little paws for work and
in turn, Tigger decides to become vocal and destroy your favorite furniture. This is
Tigger letting you know he needs you.
Once you understand the symptoms and the causes, there is no need to worry. Anxiety is
not limiting for you or your cat. Luckily, the vet should be able to prescribe medication and
lifestyle suggestions to soothe your little tiger, so you both can live in peace and enjoy your
lives together. Or if things worsen, you can always consult with an animal behaviourist.