24 March 2013
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.
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)?
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?
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 . . . .