Lack of appetite, strange behaviors or too much sleep could be signs that your cat is stressed. Take note and help him.
Have you become introverted? Cats can hide their emotions to the fullest when they are under a period of stress: "They are silent sick," describes animal behavior specialist Pippa Hutchison, in the British newspaper The Guardian.
Attention: lack of appetite. If, suddenly, your cat loses interest in eating, then he may be stressed. Therefore, it is convenient for a specialist to inspect it, says the PetMD specialized site.
Stomach problems. If your pet suffers from constipation, diarrhea or some other digestive problem, you could also be faced with a sign of stress. Visit your trusted veterinarian, since (in addition to stress) it could be other more serious issues, according to the aforementioned source.
Do you lick too much? Although it is a fairly common feline behavior, the fact that it does so until the area is left without hair (with exposed skin) is not good: it could be another sign that it suffers from stress, the same site says.
Strange meows . A pussycat that is anxious or stressed may also vocalize more than usual, according to the specialized cat portal, Catster. That is, if you notice that it meows too much or with a certain tone of complaint, then attention!
Beware of long naps. A cat that sleeps too much could also be a warning sign for any master. Therefore, do not believe that it is your own will and take it to a specialist, PetMD says. Also, take care of it if you notice it decayed or very sleepy.
Have you become aggressive? While some become excessively introverted and even hide, according to the opinion of the specialist Pippa Hutchison, other cats would show a clear aggressiveness as a sign of stress, reports Catster.
Scratching too much While you can see that it scratches every so often, when excessive behavior becomes, it could also mean that it is stressed, according to PetMD. Remember to always consult your veterinarian.
Unusual behaviors. Sleeping under the bed, making your needs throughout the house or leaving scratches would be other classic symptoms of the stressed cat, according to Hutchison. Another warning sign? Sweaty legs.
More clues A cat that shows immobility, the crouching body, rapid breathing, wide eyes and dilated pupils may also be suffering from this problem, according to the website of the International Organization for the Care of Cats in Wiltshire, England.
Stress in cats
Stress is a absolutely necessary mechanism, for example, that a cat suffers stress during a move puts him on alert and allows him to adapt to a new environment, that a cat suffers stress when another animal shows aggressiveness towards him allows him to flee, in these situations, intervention is not necessary some because stress is due to a situation that truly requires this adaptive response.
In the cases that we have mentioned, stress occurs for a short period that does not pose any threat, the problem comes when the cat showsto stress on a daily basis and in everyday situations.
Sustained stress produces harmful changes in the body, ranging from the decrease in the response of the immune system to behavioral changes, then it is when we must act quickly if we do not want our cat's health to be significantly depleted.
It is important to know the main symptoms of stress in the cat to be able to notice this situation as early as possible.
Visit to the vet
A stressed cat can present multiple health problems, from infectious diseases to alopecia, allergies and various skin disorders. Therefore, it will be essential that a veterinarian assesses health status of the cat to initiate a pharmacological treatment in those cases in which it is necessary.
Another important reason to go to the vet initially is that stress can be caused by a physical illness and it is important to rule out that this is the underlying cause.
Among the many balanced cat foods that we can find today, some are specific to support nutrition during times of stress.
A stressed organism has slightly different nutritional requirements and needs more energy to cope with the state of alertness that stress causes, therefore, it is highly recommended change the feed of the cat so that this is an extraordinary aid in the treatment of stress, which allows, along with other resources, a good recovery.
Obviously, any change in the cat's feeding should be done gradually to avoid digestive complications.
Observe other animals in the home
Does your cat live with other animals? This can aggravate stress and even be the cause of it. To determine how other animals in the home influence the cat's stress, it is necessary observe the behavior of them, and also the behavior of the cat when it is next to them.
If we detect that the company of the other animals aggravates the stress of the feline, it will be necessary to keep the animals animals separated for a while until the cat is more recovered, it may also be necessary to work on the behavior of other pets.
Spend time with your cat
Daily you must find a quiet space to be with your cat for a good time. During this time Talk to him in a sweet voice, give him all your affection and play with him, always observing any aggressive behavior that may occur, since they should not be allowed.
Playing with your cat will give your pet an excellent tool to manage stress, since the best remedy against this condition is keep the cat active as a way to channel the state of alert your organism suffers.
Treatment with natural therapies
Stress is a condition that responds especially well to natural therapies and this gives us the opportunity to improve the quality of life of our cat in a completely respectful way with its organism.
We can choose to provide our cat with various natural tranquilizers, such as pheromones, which allow the cat to feel the environment under its control and territory. Other equally suitable options are Bach flowers and homeopathy.
To successfully apply these natural therapies we recommend that you do so under the supervision of a holistic veterinarian.
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