Has your Cat gone Crazy?
Stress makes us all a little crazy, and cats are no exception. The problem is that even though the anxiety and fear that comes with the stress affect cats similarly to how it affects humans, cats tend to hide their problems, often by hiding themselves. Even worse, a stressed cat is often an unhealthy cat. According to certified applied animal behaviorist Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., stress suppresses the immune response, which can lead to health problems. Here are the main signs that your cat is stressed to look out for, particularly if they appear suddenly.
10. Going to the Bathroom Outside of Their Litter Box
It can be annoying when your cat pees outside their litter box, but it’s something you should watch for. Cats that go outside of their box want to tell you something. Consult a veterinary behaviorist or your veterinarian to find out what your cat is trying to tell you.
9. Digestive Problems Such as Constipation and Diarrhea
We’re back in that smelly territory, but once again this could be a sign of several different things. Be sure to consult your vet if something like this happens with your cat.
8. Excessive Grooming
We all know how much cats love grooming themselves and keeping clean, but it’s a real problem if they lick themselves bald and raw. That’s another sign of stress and an indicator it’s time to take them to the vet.
7. Excessive Scratching
In the same vein as compulsive licking, scratching too much is a sign of health issues and behavioral problems in cats. Take your cat to the vet before the problem gets too bad.
Cats are aloof at heart. There’s no telling what they’re up to – or why. However, they shouldn’t be actively hiding away from you and the other people in the house. When you find them and wrestle them into their cat carrier, take them off to the vet.
5. Excessive Vocalization
Some people find it soothing to listen to cats “talk”, but you should pay attention if they meow for too long or it gets too loud – especially if you have an otherwise quiet cat. When this happens they are trying to tell you they need a vet. Don’t bother trying to crack the code, just get them the help they want.
4. Appetite Loss
Cats are voracious eaters and they don’t fast as humans do. It’s worth consulting the vet when your cat loses their appetite and doesn’t show any interest in food at all.
3. Excessive Sleeping
Cats can sleep for an astounding 20 hours a day, but that doesn’t mean that all cats do this. You’ve likely learned all about how your little one likes to sleep by now. You should talk to your vet if you notice your cat is sleeping more than they usually do or if they are particularly lethargic.
2. Aggressive Towards Other animals
There’s nothing wrong with a little feistiness, but it can be a problem when cats get aggressive with other animals, including other pets, and get into fights with them. Be sure to consult your vet or a veterinary behaviorist before things get too bad.
1. Aggressive Towards Other People
When cats get stressed out it makes them aggressive, not just towards other animals but also towards people. They can even lash out at their owners. Once again, be sure to consult a vet or talk to a veterinary behaviorist as soon as possible.
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