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Spotting signs of cat stress – what can you do?

Have you ever thought that your cat can experience anxiety and stress, the same way you do it? Even if cats are masters at hiding their emotions and health issues, chronic stress still shows signs, and it often suppresses their immune response. 

Is your cat stressed out? Don’t feel bad if you don’t know the answer because she probably hid her symptoms. If you want to determine her level of anxiety, you’ll have to be a bit of detective and do some research to find out what signs are associated with this condition. 

Here are some common symptoms of stress in cats to help you identify the condition before it endangers her health. 

She urinates outside the litter box

If she does it once, you can classify it as a potty accident, but when she does it often, you should try to find out what the factors that trigger her reaction are. Instead of yelling and screaming at her, try to observe her behaviour and get in touch with the dyrlegevakt to schedule an appointment. They can check her health state and find out if there is a medical cause that makes her urinate outside the litter box. Sometimes the factors that lead to this reaction are easy to fix, you probably rearranged the furniture inside the house, there are loud noises because you’re renovating or she is stressed out because you recently moved into a new home. But it can also point out to stress, and you should pay attention to other symptoms. 

She lost her appetite

Cats don’t worry about their silhouette, they don’t do diets and fast because they’re not worried about their extra weight. So, if you notice that your cat has lost her appetite, you should consult the veterinarian from the dyreklinikk because there may be an underlying condition that causes this reaction. Sometimes a loss in appetite is a sign of stress, but other health conditions can also have this symptom. 

She spends more time isolated

Cats don’t really like people, especially if they don’t know them, so it’s normal for them to hide when your friends come over. Only because she avoids interaction with a new pet or guest, it doesn’t mean she is stressed out. She only retreated to somewhere peaceful where she can purr to sleep. But if she spends more time in isolation than usual, and she avoids the people she once loved, you should ask the vet from the dyrlege trondheim if they can check her health because she may experience anxiety or stress. Constant isolation is a sign of pain or fear, and you should pay attention to her behaviour. 

She grooms excessively

Cats love to clean themselves, but it’s a difference between fastidious grooming, and grooming a spot until it goes bald. When she losses her hair because of excessive grooming, it points to distress, and you should try to identify the cause. It can be a skin problem, or it can be stress. Either way, a visit to the vet can identify the trigger and offer a solution. 

 

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