Stress affects humans in a variety of ways including a decrease of overall health. But, cats can be subject to stress as well. Cats are amazing creatures, but stress can cause changes that are unseen and sudden. Here are 10 for sure signs that your cat is stressed:
1. Personality Change
Has your cat changed from being cute and cuddly to ankle clawing and biting? This is likely due to the fact that the poor feline is stressed. Aggressiveness is one of the first signs that a cat is stressed.
2. Urinating Everywhere but The Litter Box
Yes, it is disgusting but stressed animals tend to go to the bathroom whenever they have to go. It is important than when this happens, you monitor your cat to find signs when they are about to urinate. This way you avoid any accidents and direct them to the right area. When you feel that it is more than just stress, it is important to contact a veterinarian.
3. Stool Problems
When cats start acting strange, it is always important to check the litter box. If there are any problems with constipation, diarrhea, or even bloody stools; contact your veterinarian right away to ensure it is just stress.
Cats are independent creatures, almost always hiding throughout the day and come out at night to play. However, when they don’t feel well they tend to sleep more and isolate themselves from everyone. If you believe this is more than stress, consult your local vet.
5. Excessive Talking
The truth is that cats love to sing the song of their kind. However, excessive meowing is related to a stressed cat as they could be trying to tell you that something is wrong.
6. Appetite has decreased
Cats never voluntarily go on a diet. When they start eating less or refuse to eat, it can either be due to stress or even a health issue that their vet should be told about right away.
7. Sleeping Too Much
Once you have become adjusted to your cats sleeping schedule, it can be easy to notice any changes. Some cats sleep all day and play at night, while others are frequent wakers. It is important to make sure that you contact your vet if their sleep pattern changes to unusually sleeping more.
8. Increased Grooming
Cats are self-grooming machines. However, there is a time when this becomes too excessive. If you notice your cat grooming until hair falls out or balding occurs, a vet’s visit is due right away.
9. Scratching Everywhere, Anytime
An increase of scratching, just like licking, is more than a groomers visit. If your cat starts scratching more, even if it is the scratching post or not, consult your vet.
10. Behavior Change
Cats can be aggressive at time, but when they start acting out toward other animals and people it can be a sign of illness or that they are stressed. it is important to take them to the vet right away.