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Anxiety in Cats

Did you know that kitties can suffer from anxiety, just like people? Anxiety isn’t always easy to spot in kitties, as many of the signs of it are easily mistaken for bad kitty behavior. Read on as a Frisco, TX vet discusses anxiety in cats.

Causes of Anxiety

Kitties may have a reputation for being aloof, but they are actually very emotional. Our feline pals are also creatures of habit, and can get unsettled by major changes. Fluffy can be stressed out because of a new home or owner, or the addition or loss of a furry roommate. Other things that can cause kitty anxiety include Illness, discomfort, boredom, and isolation. Some furballs also get very upset when separated from their owners.

Signs of Anxiety

If Fluffy is feeling anxious, she may groom herself excessively, which may result in patchy fur, skin problems, and hairballs. She may also pace frequently, or scratch inappropriately. Your cat may also stop using the litterbox. You may also notice changes in your cat’s personality and/or appetite.

What Not To Do

Never punish your pet for misbehaving. Cats don’t understand punishment, as they just don’t think in those terms. By negatively reinforcing your kitty for her behavior, you may end up making Fluffy feel angry, scared, or confused, which will only add to her anxiety. Instead, focus on making your pet feel safe, comfortable, and loved.

Keeping Fluffy Content

First and foremost, take Fluffy to the vet for a thorough exam, to rule out any medical issues. If your kitty has just experienced a big change—such as the addition of another pet to the household—just give her time to adjust. It’s also important to make sure your furball has some hiding spots she can go to if she feels frightened, like a pet tent or kitty condo. Vertical space can also help. We also recommend making sure Fluffy has plenty of toys and a window with a good view. Also, take time to play with your cat every day. This will help her burn off any excess energy, so she’ll be calmer after. If Fluffy’s anxiety seems to be getting worse, ask your vet for specific advice. You may also want to inquire about using kitty-calming products, which can also help.

Please contact us, your Frisco, TX pet hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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