Cats are domestic animals that are extremely sensitive to external changes. Today we will see 7 things that stress your cat and yet are absolutely normal in everyday life.
Stress in cats
It manifests itself in them in much the same way as in their masters and can be considered positive or negative.
Positive stress allows the animal to provoke certain physiological reactions in order to adapt to a new environment, while negative stress exceeds the adaptation capacity of the feline, prolonging it and transforming it a posteriori into anxiety which will later cause more serious disorders and diseases.
By avoiding as much as possible the exposure of your pet to prolonged stress, you will avoid the development of infectious diseases, aggressiveness, hair loss, stereotyping of all kinds, loss of appetite and thirst, excessive territory marking and changes in routine grooming and behavior.
Things that stress your cat
Visits to the vet
Taking cats to the vet is one of the things that stress them the most because it is the addition of many inconveniences for them :
- The use of a transport cage, which for you means safety and tranquillity, represents for them confinement, instability, uncomfortable movements and anxiety, as they have no idea where they are going. Covering the cage with a blanket when the animal is already installed can ease the panic a little.
- Arrive after the stress experienced in the transport cage in a place filled with hostile odors. Imagine for a moment if you were put in a tiny cage, shaken in all directions as if you were in a boat and released into a place full of strangers and dogs. This frees your cat’s body from defensive pheromones, which is why even the sweetest cat in the world can react aggressively even with its masters.
Habituate your cat to the use of the transport cage thanks to positive stimuli. Use it as a dollhouse and leave toys there, cover it as we have already mentioned, encourage it to socialize with dogs and cats since childhood and avoid aggressive punishments, a whole set of things that can lessen its stress when going to the vet.
Removals and works
Changing place furniture, doing work and moving out pose a threat to the need for control of these animals. They have just lost control of their territory and things are not as they left them, it takes no more to trigger anxiety.
When your little kitty first came to your house, it took him a little while to stop exploring and rubbing against furniture, walls, tables and also yourself. This is his work of tagging, and he does it by freeing the facial pheromones that cats use as title deeds.
That’s why if you change the place things or get together in a place that doesn’t have its smell, it will activate its vigilance and its feeling of insecurity.
Keeping the animal’s routines as usual and bringing with him his toys, blankets, and furniture from the house he left will reduce his marking work, and thus his stress level.
The arrival of a new pet
During the process of integrating new pets into the house, you are invading the territory of the little hairy already residing there. Disputes and tagging between cats can occur, with manifestations of aggression and non-acceptance on both sides.
If it is a dog, the stress can be even more violent because your cat will feel not only invaded, but also threatened and betrayed.
There are other ways to promote these presentations by separating the bowls, water containers, and litter boxes, intervening positively through the distribution of rewards and stimuli, and encouraging little by little, but not abruptly, bonding in A Quiet Place.
This applies to the presentation of new animals, couples and babies in the house where our cat lives.
Firecrackers and thunderstorms
Because of the level of hearing sensitivity of cats, all loud or unexpected sounds can alter your cat in seconds, and if it is constant sounds, they can disturb your hearing aid.
As the holidays approach, or when we know there will be celebrations with firecrackers, or even a thunderstorm, calling on our trusted veterinarian to get sedatives can calm the situation.
Changes in diet
It all depends on the level of demand for your cat in relation to its diet. If he is one of those on an unlimited hunger strike if you don’t buy the cat food brand he likes, the regime change will not only bother him but you as well.
In this case, if you need to change his diet for medical reasons, we advise you to look for a brand that is as similar as possible to the previous one regarding the smell, shape, and size of the croquettes and to change it gradually by mixing the previous brand with the new one.
The screams and the punishments
Cats are not domesticable like dogs and they don’t learn like us. They will simply feel the screams and punishments as mistreatment by the humans they trust, will feel stressed and very perplexed, as they will not even understand the reason for this behavior.
Trips and walks
Cats walk on their own and they go where they want if you let them loose, but taking them for a walk or a trip, forcing them to change their environment, to enter unknown territories by being locked in the transport cage do not entertain them at all.
These activities, which are quite normal for you, can lead to unusual behavior in your cat that will leave you perplexed and worried; that is why if you try to understand the reasons for his abnormal behavior, it will allow you to have better relations with him by avoiding unnecessary stress.
Your cat react differently to some of these situations? Did you manage to calm him down in front of some of them? Tell us about your experience in the comments.