Stress can take a toll on a person’s physical and mental health. However, humans aren’t the only one affected by this phenomenon. In fact, our very own furry friends might be hiding a lot of stress underneath that calm and playful exterior which can result to a myriad of health problems. If you feel your cat might “acting weird”, it could be a sign of stress. Here are some signs to watch out for.
This includes diarrhea, constipation, and other vomiting. Digestive issues usually mean that your cat may be lacking some nutritional requirements. Additionally, it could also be a sign that they may have eaten something suspicious.
Loss of Appetite
Other than digestive issues, loss of appetite could be a sign that something is wrong. If your cat ignores their favourite treat or stops eating altogether, it may be a sign that your cat has an underlying medical issue.
Scratching is one way for cats to relieve stress and stretch out their joint and back muscles. However, excessive scratching may indicate signs of parasites or certain behavioural issues like anxiety or hostility towards a new environment.
Cats are usually neat when it comes to defecating and urinating. For cats who are litterbox-trained, it can be surprising to see them pee anywhere other than their litter box. This is a sign that your cat is probably trying to tell you that something is wrong.
Many cats get a reputation of being aloof and indifferent species but that is not necessarily true. Like dogs, cats require affection and likes to be close to their owners now and then. If your cat is actively ignoring you and other people, it can be a sign of anxiety and nervousness.
Aggression Towards Other Animals
Cats don’t usually show signs of aggression unless they are provoked or defending themselves. However, signs of aggression towards other animals and people could be a sign of a stressed or sick cat.
Like humans, our cats can also be affected by stress. When not taken care of right away it can lead to more serious medical and behavioural problems. In some cases, like excessive scratching and picky eating, some measures can be taken to treat these problems right away. For instance, excessive scratching may be a sign that your indoor cat is bored and requires more exercise. To remedy this, consider getting a feather toy or make your own DIY cat toy to stimulate their senses and reduce their stress. Additionally, cats who are notoriously picky eaters may benefit from switching to a different food source.
While it certainly isn’t easy to spot signs of stress from our cats (After all, we aren’t mind readers!), careful monitoring and consideration can help us make the right decisions. While some of these signs can be treated, your best bet would be to consult with your veterinarian or a cat behavior specialist so your cat can get a more effective treatment. Remember to ask questions once you schedule an appointment with the vet!