January 28, 2023

What stresses out a cat?

cat being strokedcat being strokedCats prefer the consistent life. It’s in their nature, of course, to come and go as they please, but they like to have a routine to their lives. Their territory is very much their own. Anything that disturbs that daily pattern or threatens their domain can make a cat stressed.

Main causes of feline upset:

  • House moving is at the top of the list for cat stresses. Being taken away from landmarks is upsetting for a cat.
  • Other cats arriving or leaving the house can also cause upset.
  • Being bullied by another cat.
  • Having an accident or illness can also cause a great deal of stress.
  • Any significant change in his owners routine can also be upsetting – a new job with different working hours can make your cat unhappy.
  • Changes to a family can also be traumatic, from the arrival of a new baby to the addition of a step-parent. Visitors can also make him unhappy.

Signs of stress:

  • Overgrooming.
  • Giving you the cold shoulder – he won’t respond as normal to your calls and strokes.
  • A change from a carefree outdoor cat to an unhappy indoor cat.
  • A lack of appetite.

If you spot any of these signs, then do call your vet for advice or seek help from a professional behaviour therapist. Battersea Dogs and Cats also provide an advice service for behavioural issues.