Anxiety in Kitties

Did you know that, just like people, cats can suffer from anxiety and depression? Our feline friends all have their own unique purrsonalities. While some kitties are bold, friendly, and fearless, others are very timid and emotional. Fluffy can’t tell you if she is feeling stressed, however, so it’s up to you to watch for warning signs. In this article, a Pickerington, OH vet lists some signs of anxiety in cats.

Causes

One might think that cats have it pretty easy. After all, Fluffy doesn’t need to do much more than nap and look cute! However, kitties are very emotional, and can become anxious for a number of reasons. Separation anxiety is one possibility, especially if your feline pal has been rehomed several times, and/or is spending a lot of time alone. Cats can also be afraid of something specific, such as a human or animal roommate. Aging, and the changes it causes, is another potential source of stress. And if your furry buddy was rescued, she may also have been traumatized by bad past experiences.

Symptoms

Signs of anxiety in cats can vary from kitty to kitty. Some common ones include excessive grooming; litterbox issues, including diarrhea and litterbox avoidance; unusual or increased vocalizations; unkempt fur; lack of appetite; and withdrawal. Because these symptoms can also be caused by medical issues, you’ll want to contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

Treatment

Once potential medical issues have been ruled out, your vet may recommend medication for Fluffy, to help keep her calmer. There are also some things you can do at home. Make sure your pet has plenty of toys, and play with her every day. This will give her a suitable outlet for her angst, and help her burn off excess energy. If Fluffy tires herself out with a fun play session, she will be much calmer afterwards! If your kitty is easily frightened, make sure she has a safe hiding spot in every room. Cat-calming products can be beneficial as well. If you leave your pet alone, leave a light on for her, and keep a TV or radio on, so she doesn’t feel so lonely. Comfy napping spots are also a must. Ask your vet for more information.

Is your kitty due for an exam? Please feel free to contact us, your local Pickerington, OH pet clinic, anytime!