5 Signs Your Cat Could Have Stress

May 26, 2017 | Luice

No One Wants Their Feline Friend to Feel Nervous but Unfortunately it Happens More than We Think!

Life can be extremely different for an indoor cat, as cats in the wild aren’t exposed to the same stimuli as cats who live indoors. Many things we experience daily can cause our feline friends to feel uncomfortable. Here are a few warning signs of high stress you should be aware of:

 

1. Excessive Licking
We all know cats love to groom themselves to in order to keep clean, but be aware of how often your cat is licking themselves. If you notice your cat licking themselves raw, go to your vet and see if you can determine the cause of the excessive grooming.

2. Not Using Their Litterbox
When cats urinate outside of their litterbox, it is sometimes a sign of them trying to communicate to us that something is wrong. Next time instead of getting frustrated try to look for whatever stimuli could be upsetting your furry friend.

3. Excessive Talking
If you notice your cat becoming more talkative by whining or whimpering, you should take them to your vet to try and decipher their kitty code as this increase in noise may be a sign of a new stress factor in your cat’s life.

4. Aggression
Increased aggression towards pets and people can be a sign of a stressed-out cat. If your little furball has been lashing out at other animals or people it may be sign that something is stressing out your furry friend.

5. Decreased Appetite
A lot of cat owners are well aware of how finicky our feline companions can be, but if your cat stops eating completely you should take them to the vet as this could be a sign of a variety of problems including a recent increase in stress.
Another good way to combat stress is to feed your cat a diet that is high in Amino Acids like Tyrosine and Tryptophan. Look for pet foods that have good proteins and a good balance of nutrients.