Stress In Cats: Signs Of Stress And How To Manage Them

Stress In CatsIndependence Day observances in the United States often include fireworks and parties that might stress out even the most even-tempered cat. Do you know how to spot stress in cats? It isn’t always as obvious as a cat running and hiding because cats are experts at compensating when they’re unwell for whatever the reason.

Dr. Karla J. Houghton, D.V.M., owner of Carousel Cat Clinic in Farmington Hills, MI says that cats don’t like any changes to their environment and routine. That includes people coming and going and changes in positions of furniture. Houghton says to look for the following in cats, while keeping in mind that not all cats show these symptoms of stress:

  • Diarrhea
  • Increased vomiting
  • Behavior changes
  • Increased shedding
  • Increased or decreased appetite

It’s important to try to figure out why a cat is stressed and try to mitigate the stress by doing things such as:

  • Spending more time with cats who need and want more attention
  • Leaving on a television or radio if a cat is lonely when alone
  • Make a quiet, safe space for the stressed cat away from strange noises and people

Some cats respond well to products like pheromone diffusers and sprays or collars.

As with any changes in behavior or habits in general, it’s very important to contact your cat’s veterinarian when changes occur.  Symptoms of stress in cats can also be symptoms of illnesses.


Photo Source:  Flickr user John Morton

Written by Stephanie Newman

Stephanie Newman

Stephanie is author of the blog, The Musings Of A Crazy Cat Lady, and a freelance writer whose work regularly appears on Stephanie’s work has been featured on Catster and in print in Natural Awakenings Pet – east Michigan and the Oakland Press newspaper. She’s a professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. and a member of Pet Professionals for Pet Adoption.