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 Managing Feline Stress

What is it?
Signs of stress include any new behavior such as hiding, cowering, not using the litterbox, not eating, not greeting you, not grooming, lack of coat luster.

What to do about it?
If your cat is showing signs of stress and medical causes have been ruled out then try to lower your feline's stress. Keep your cat in one, quiet room with everything he or she needs and try the following:

  • Provide routines and stability
  • Increase resources or decrease number of cats
  • Give more attention and grooming time to the cat
  • Provide daily interactive play and exercise
  • Provide quality food and fresh water around the clock
  • Keep litter box scooped at least twice daily
  • Provide high places for your cat rest
  • Provide places to hide and seek privacy
If your cat gets a clean bill of health, then most likely, the stress is coming from something or someone in the home environment or just outside the home.

What not to do?
Do not sooth the cat when showing stress as studies indicate that soothing may be perceived as encouragement or reinforcement of the stress behaviors.

Do not give any attention when the cat is showing stress.

Do not approach the cat as you may get attacked or bitten.
Do not add to the stress by forcing anything or anybody on the cat.

Do not change anything such as food type unless recommended by the veterinarian.

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