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Cat Stress

24 March 2013
Cat Stress

Cat Stress

Cat Stress

Unwanted or strange cat behaviour is often due to cat stress.

Why do cats show unwanted behaviours or get stressed?

Cats like to be in control of their environment.

Cats carefully mark their home environment using facial marking, therefore, if we remove or disrupt these marks by moving furniture, bringing in a new item, excessive cleaning, building work, DIY etc we can disorientate our cats and in some cases bring on stress.

What are the unwanted cat behaviours (signs of cat stress)?

Unfortunately, as a prey species cats have developed ways of hiding any weakness, including, stress. Cats may show very little sign that they are upset and the signs they do show (being so different from those displayed by more social species like dogs and people) are commonly misinterpreted as bad or ‘naughty’ behaviour rather than a cry for help.

Signs to look out for include:

What situations cause cats stress?

So what are stressful situations for cats? Taking your cat away from its territory can be extremely frightening for them and can completely disorient our feline friends. Such as:

Visiting the vets. Click here to find out more.

Moving home. Click here to find out more.

Mulit-Cat Households. Click here to find out more.

New Furniture & Redecorating. Click here to find out more.

At the Cattery. Click here to find out more.

Cat Carrier. Click here to find out more.

How to help?

Use Feliway in these situations to replace facial marking to help the cat adjust to the environmental change. How do I use Feliway?

Click on the 'Cat Stress' Link on the right to find out more . . . .