5 ways to reduce stress in your cats life

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Stress in cats

Stress in cats

Stress can be experienced by all cats and chronic stress can actually affect their health and wellbeing. When a cat feels stressed, it can weaken their immune system and leave them more open to illness and sickness.

 

Stress for cats can take many different forms, some signs include:

  • Inappropriate urination or defecation
  • Urine spraying
  • Increased resting and feigned sleep
  • Increased dependency or social withdrawal (dependent on personality type)
  • Defensive aggression towards people, e.g. hissing or towards other cats in the household
  • Extreme vigilance and heightened startle response
  • Lack of play activity

 

If any of these signs look familiar to you, then here are 5 ways to reduce stress in your cats life:

  1. Like us, cats like to use the toilet in private!! So think about the location of your cat’s litter tray – is it in an area where there is a lot of foot traffic? Perhaps you can move it to a quieter area, that provides your cat more privacy.
  2. Cats are creatures of habit so any change in their environment, whether big or small, may cause them to feel stressed. So think about how any change may affect your cat and perhaps do it in a staged approach. For instance, if there will be a new baby arriving into the household, prepare your cat before the event occurs. Introduce new furniture slowly.
  3. Cats need a certain amount of environmental enrichment, especially if they are indoor only cats. So make sure you have a good variety to keep your cat both entertained and challenged. For example, puzzlefeeders can provide a great way to feed your cat and offer them enrichment too.
  4. Make time to play with your cat and strengthen the human-cat bond. There are tons of interactive toys on the market, what’s important is giving your cat that one-on-one time.
  5. Pheromone therapy has been proven to help support your cats nervous system. Plug in pheromones, such as Feliway, send “happy messages” to cats, helping to make them feel safe and secure at home.

 

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