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Signs of stress in cats can be hard to spot. Cats are naturally adept at hiding weakness; it's a defence mechanism used to protect them in the wild. Knowing the signs of stress in cats to look for will help you identify and solve the problem quickly. It’s important for cat owners to recognise when their cat is stressed, as it can occasionally lead to clinical illness.
Problem behaviour is a common sign of stress in cats. Vertical scratching and urine spraying are ways cats communicate with each other, warn other cats off and claim territory. If your cat is urine spraying and/or vertical scratching they could be stressed, and doing so to reclaim territory or leave a warning message to other cats.
Cats very rarely meow at each other but do meow at us. You may notice your cat meows to ask for food or to greet you when you come home. If your cat is meowing excessively, it’s likely they are trying tell you that something is worrying them.
Like people, cats sometimes take themselves away from frightening or stressful situations. If you find your cat is hiding or becoming withdrawn, there could be something making them feel uneasy.
Stress in cats can trigger a change in behaviour. If your usually friendly cat is being aggressive, or is puffing up and arching their back, there could be something making them feel frightened and stressed. Equally, your cat may become defensive and try to make themselves look smaller.
Like people, stress in cats may impact other parts of their health. These changes are less common, but include eating more or less than usual, and over grooming. They may also be less active and have less desire to play than normal.
Stress in cats is thought to be a causes of idiopathic cystitis and other urinary complications. This can also affect their activity levels, mood and toilet habits. If you notice any of these, or believe your cat may suffering from urinary problems, consult your vet immediately.
Identifying the signs of stress in cats is only half the battle. Now, you have to identify the cause of the stress and provide a solution.
Some stressful situations, such as a new home or addition to the family, can’t be removed. But, there are cat calming products available to help reduce stress in cats.
The Beaphar CatComfort® Calming Range is a simple and effective solution to reducing problem behaviour in cats. The Beaphar CatComfort® Calming Range uses a synthetic replica of the Feline Facial Pheromone. Feline Facial Pheromones give a reassuring message that an area is safe to be in. This is turn can help to reduce problem behaviour and stress in cats. You can find out more about how these pheromones work here.
The Beaphar CatComfort® Calming Diffuser is a complete starter kit containing a cat calming plug in and one refill. It is ideal for use around the home, helping to reduce general anxiety and problem behaviour associated with stress in cats. The easy-to-use pheromone plug in is suitable for use anywhere in the home, allowing you to provide continuous reassurance for your cat. Each refill lasts for 30 days. When empty, replace with a new Beaphar CatComfort® 30 Day Refill.
For reducing problem behaviour in targeted areas around the home, why not try Beaphar CatComfort® Calming Spray? Spray on your cat’s bed to help them feel settled, or in areas where problem behaviour is exhibited. This cat calming spray is pocket-sized; ideal for travel and vet or cattery visits. Spray inside your cat’s empty carrier 15 minutes before trips to help your cat feel more at ease during the journey.
Find out more about the complete Beaphar Comfort Range here.