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6 Signs That Your Cat is Stressed

Did you know that cats can suffer from stress, just like people can? Fluffy can become anxious for many reasons, from loneliness to fear to medical problems. Changes are also very stressful for pets. Your kitty can’t tell you if she is upset, so it’s up to you to watch for behavioral clues. A Bee Cave, TX vet lists some key ones in this article.

Hiding

All of our feline buddies are unique, with their own purrsonalities. Some kitties may simply enjoy curling up under beds or couches. However, if your pet spends most of her time hiding, she may be stressed.

Excessive Shedding

Unseasonal or excessive shedding is another red flag. Cats sometimes blow their coats when they are stressed. For example, some of our feline patients who are scared of cars shed heavily during car rides.

Aggression

Sometimes people lash out at others when they are feeling stressed. Cats do this as well! If Fluffy feels unhappy, she may often be in ‘fight or flight’ mode. While some kitties will flee and hide, others will attack.

Excessive Grooming

Another red flag to watch for is excessive grooming. This is sort of a nervous tic for many cats, much like biting fingernails can be for humans. If your furry buddy really overdoes it when grooming herself, you may notice thin fur and/or bald spots. Fluffy may also produce more hairballs than normal.

Tummy Troubles

Stress can definitely do a number on your appetite. This is also true for kitties. Some furballs eat more when they are stressed or anxious. Others may lose their appetite, and leave their food untouched. Digestive troubles, such as vomiting and diarrhea, can also be indicative of anxiety.

Crying

 

As you probably know, some cats are furry little chatterboxes, while others are usually silent. What you want to look for—or technically, listen for—here are vocalizations that are unusual for your kitty. Fluffy may meow in a different way than she usually does if she is feeling stressed.

Tips

Many of these symptoms can also be caused by medical issues. If you notice any of these warning signs in your cat, schedule a veterinary exam. If Fluffy gets the all-clear, then at least you know she is stressed, rather than sick.

Please reach out to us, your Bee Cave, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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