How Can You Tell If Your Cat Has Anxiety?
You can tell if your cat has anxiety if he exhibits destructive behavior, hiding, aggression, changes in mood, or fails to use the litter box. Other behaviors include panting, excessive grooming, refusing to eat, and vocalizing. Of course, these signs can also be present in a cat that doesn't have anxiety, so it's important to know what is normal for your cat so you'll be able to spot a potential problem.
What Causes Cat Anxiety?
Cats, general speaking, are not as adaptable as most dogs. That means even a small change can cause major anxiety. Adding a pet to the family, a new baby, moving to a new home, or even just relocating his favorite cat condo can be more than your cat can take, and anxiety can set in.
Some cats, like some dogs, also experience separation anxiety, which can be traumatic for both the cat and the owner.
Ways to Alleviate Your Cat's Anxiety
Here are a few things to do if your cat has anxiety:
Make a Vet Appointment
In some cases, what looks like anxiety can actually be symptoms of a medical condition. It's always wise to rule that out first, so visit the vet for a thorough checkup.
Change the Environment
Add cat condos, perches, and window seats to provide interesting views and new vantage points for your cat to enjoy.
Provide Lots of Toys
Puzzle feeders and other toys can help keep your cat's mind occupied and prevent boredom, thus alleviating anxiety.
Try Calming Products
Calming collars, diffusers, sprays, and other products are effective methods of reducing anxiety in some cats.
You can also get advice from an animal behaviorist, and this may be necessary if the anxiety is moderate to severe. Ignoring the issue won't make it go away, so start looking for the solutions to alleviate your cat's anxiety today whether that means a DIY method or getting professional help.
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