In humans, stress is one of the number one causes of death. Unsurprisingly, stress also affects our feline friends. Animals have a great sense in general of how we’re feeling; if we are feeling stressed and anxious about something, they can feel it too and tend to react accordingly. That said, a little bit of stress can be good for cats as it’s a part of their survival: if they perceive there to be danger, they stress and try to figure out the best and fastest way they can remove themselves from the situation or area. After they successfully do, their stress is short-lived and they tend to go about being normal. Oftentimes when a cat is stressed, it’s quite apparent and when humans realize it, it’s often acute stress that a cat is experiencing – which is not a good thing.
Here are some signs to see if your cat is stressed:
– It won’t stop excessively meowing. It’s a difficult thing to detect though, especially if your cat excessively meows to begin with. Usually, cats meow excessively to indicate to you that they are stressed. If no other symptoms show up, their meowing might not have to do with stress.
– Its eating habits change. For the most part, if your cat has suddenly stopped being interested in food and refuses to eat, you just may have a stressed out kitty on your hands. If it goes on for a while, you will want to contact your vet about it.
– They are grooming themselves a lot more than before. This is a big alert in your cat’s body language that they may be stressed out. It’s more likely if it came on all of a sudden.
– There is an obvious change in personality. If your cat’s personality as you know it takes a complete change of course, it is a great way to tell that they are stressed. For example, they always want to be alone but have been recently wanting to be around you constantly, there might be something wrong.
– It becomes more aggressive. When a cat gets aggressive to you or to others all of a sudden, it’s a tell-tale sign that they are stressed. However, if your cat was aggressive to begin with, it probably has nothing to do with stress.
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