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Sign of Stress in Your Cat

Cat owners would know just how emotional and sensitive their pet cats can be. Like human, they can feel lonely, depressed and stressed. However, cats cannot express themselves like human. So it is important for cat owners to pay special attention to their pet cats' behavior. Some of the most common signs of stress are diet changes, being overly timid and urinating outside of their litter box. Whenever your pet cat demonstrates any of these abnormal behaviors, you need to take a look at the causal factors such as the environment. Even something as simple as a change of environment can greatly upset a cat. This may cause excessive self-grooming, hiding, or aggressive behavior.

There are many different types of stressors. These include a new addition to the family (either another pet or human baby), a change in your daily schedule and loud noises. It is also necessary to pay attention to the toilet habits of your feline pet. This is because some cat will associate stress with the litter box. In such instances, the cat would avoid using the litter box. To be sure, you would will need to take your cat to the vet to check for bladder or urinary tract infection. Some cats experience constipation whenever the cat gets stressed. Some of the more subtle signs of stress in cat include eating more or less as well as a change in her sleeping habits. You should invest in a proper cat bed if you have not. It can be comforting for your cat to have a proper cat bed to hide away. Locate the cat bed in a quiet room.

Another important thing to note is that stress can lead to skin problems for a cat. This is because the cat may either completely stop self grooming or it may groom excessively. In the first instance, the fur would be dirty and matted while in the second instance bald spots may result from the licking and chewing on same areas.

Make sure to pay close attention to your cat to spot these symptoms early. Especially, if you anticipate changes to the animal's environment as discussed above. They are your cat's only way of showing that it is stressed out or that something else is bothering her. If you find that removing the suspected stressor does not improve things, then make sure you consult your vet.

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