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How to Care for Stressed Out Cats

There are many different things that can cause a cat to become stressed, and it’s important to be aware of these triggers to prevent them from happening. Whilst it’s impossible to eliminate all factors that could cause stress to your cat, there are certain things you can do to prevent it from happening. So how exactly can you prevent and treat cats from stress? Continue reading to find out the signs, symptoms and remedies!

Signs of Feline Stress

Identifying whether or not your cat is stressed can be done by acknowledging both physical and behavioural symptoms. The following symptoms are strong indicators that your cat is stressed or unsettled; Diarrhoea, Vomiting, Poor Appetite, Weight Loss, Poor Skin/Coat Condition, Excessive Meowing, Aggressive Behaviour or Spraying on furniture or other items.

The Causes

All cats are different in their own way, with many of them being extremely independent. For many cats, being sensitive is a key characteristic and this can result in becoming easily stressed or unsettled. You often find that things such as introducing a new pet, moving home, mistreatment and change in routine can affect cats quite strongly, causing them to become unhappy. If any of these sources of stress are likely to be happening in the near future, then now is the time to prepare your cat for this and ensure they are as stress-free as possible. Take a look online at online retailers like Petwell to see which products are available to help de-stress or prevent stress, as this will really help you ensure your cat is happy and healthy.

Other Solutions

You’re not always going to be able to treat a stressed cat with a cat-friendly diffuser or some calming tablets, as sometimes the cause for stress is much stronger than the typical moving to a new house or change in routine. When it comes to being unwell or in pain, your cat will become very stressed and therefore begin to behave differently. Again, cats are very independent and it’s difficult to know exactly what they’re getting up to 24/7, so you don’t always know if your cat has hurt its paw or leg whilst out and about. If you feel that your cat is behaving differently and you’re worried about them, it’s worth taking them to your vet to have them checked over. Seeking professional help will help to both put your mind at rest, but most importantly identify the reason for your cats’ distress.

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