If you think your cat may suffer from anxiety, it is important to look for signs and symptoms. At the Animal Medical Center at Streetsboro, we’ve put together a guide on anxiety in cats to help you determine if your cat needs treatment for anxiety. By learning and recognizing symptoms, you can help get your cat treatment for a happier life!
Signs of Anxiety in Cats
Common signs and symptoms of anxiety in cats include hiding, pacing, excessive vocalizing, changes in behavior such as aggression or increased irritability and inclusiveness, trembling or shaking, loss of appetite or overeating, sudden weight gain or loss, and frequent urination outside the litter box.
There are also physical signs to watch for in anxious cats. These can include dilated pupils that don’t respond to light changes, patchy or unkempt fur due to overgrooming, frequent yawning, and a tense posture with ears pointing backward.
The most common cause of anxiety in cats is fear, which can be triggered by loud noises, strange people or animals in the home, and unfamiliar environments. Stress from changes in routine such as traveling or moving to a new home can also be a factor.
What Should I Do If My Cat Shows Signs of Anxiety?
If you think your cat may be anxious, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian for advice on how to treat the condition. Your vet may recommend medications to help soothe anxiety symptoms or provide suggestions on behavior modification techniques that can help your cat adjust to stressors while providing mental stimulation and positive reinforcement.
Additionally, environmental enrichment measures such as providing scratching posts and interactive toys may help reduce stress levels.
Overall, paying attention to any changes in your cat’s behavior is key when it comes to recognizing signs of anxiety. Be aware of the signs and symptoms and seek advice from your veterinarian for appropriate treatment options. By taking proactive steps, you can help keep your cat happy and healthy!