Anxiety In Cats

Happy New Year! We’re guessing that most of our feline patients probably slept through last night’s festivities. However, if your kitty is more timid, she may have spent the night hiding from the noise and commotion. Cats can be quite anxious, and can get quite stressed out over a variety of things … including loud noises. A local Marietta, GA discusses kitty anxiety in this article.


Your cute pet can’t tell you if something’s bothering her. However, Fluffy does give off signals: you just have to learn to read them. You may notice a change in your furry pal’s mood, personality, or behavior. A clingy cat may start withdrawing, while an aloof kitty may suddenly beg for snuggles. Your furball may stop using her litterbox, and she may seem more or less active than usual. Some kitties meow incessantly when they are nervous, while others may pace, scratch, or hide. Some anxious cats obsessively groom themselves, while others may ignore their beauty regimens. Lack of appetite is another red flag. It’s worth mentioning that many of these signs can be indicative of health issues. Have your feline pal examined, just to rule out potential medical issues. 

Causes of Anxiety

Major changes, such as moving and/or changing owners, are sources of stress. Kitties can also be anxious due to trauma, commotion, and/or the arrival or departure of another pet. Some cats get upset when left alone, while others become uneasy when they have roommates. If you’re out a lot, Fluffy may be suffering from separation anxiety. In some cases, improper socialization can also play a role. It’s also worth noting that while any furball can suffer from anxiety, certain breeds seem to be more inclined to it. The Tonkinese and Burmese are particularly predisposed. 

Helping Kitty Cope

Providing your feline buddy with love, enrichment, and stimulation will go a long way here. Make sure Fluffy has all the things cats love, such as scratching posts, window seats, and high perches, as well as some comfy hiding spots. Daily play sessions can also help, both by allowing your kitty to burn off excess energy and just by making her feel loved. Desensitization training may also be beneficial. Your vet may also recommend calming products or, in severe cases, medication.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Marietta, GA animal clinic, today!

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