Has your cat been moody lately? Does it feel as though you’re always close to getting a bad scratch every time you try to play with him/her? Your cat could be exhibiting stress by acting aggressively or constantly changing their mood. Changing a cat’s environment or routine can leave your feline friend feeling stressed, and stress can lead to sickness or behavioral issues if left untreated. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get the care your cat needs. Learn how to de-stress your furry best friend by identifying possible stressors at home with the help of our animal hospital.
Track Your Cat’s Behavioral Issues
Our vets can help you determine the reason for your cat’s stress as well as coping with symptoms. Before your appointment, consider doing the following:
- Keep a record of your cat’s daily appetite.
- Note any instances of them relieving themselves outside their litter box.
- List the times your cat is active and inactive and any increases in meowing and sleeping.
- Note any compulsive behaviors like over-grooming or eating plastic, fabrics, and other foreign materials.
Observe Changes in Your Cat’s Behavior
There are many stressors that can trigger a cat. To best determine the reason, you’ll need our vets to examine him/her. If you’re not sure if your feline friend is stressed, then look out for these signs:
- Their behavior has changed because of a new baby or pet.
- They no longer find an interest in playing with you, their toys, or with your other pets.
- Preferring the indoors when they used to prefer the outdoors.
- Their relationship with you has changed. This can include them no longer being affectionate.
Try removing whatever is stressing your cat, if possible. This prevents him/her from becoming aggravated and moody. Consider re-enriching your cat’s environment with ample space, food, water, and other resources like:
- New toys to stimulate their curiosity.
- Climbing platforms like cat trees and shelves.
- Promoting hunting abilities with toys that move.
- Hiding treats in the home to promote exploring.
Contact Our Vets Today!
Depending on your feline’s issue, he/she may need behavioral counseling. Know that our team will do what we can to enrich your cat’s behavior in a positive way! Contact us to set up an appointment!