Observing the Signs of a Stressed Cat


Just like humans, cats can become stressed too when they are feeling uncomfortable. As a responsible cat owner, it’s important to know the signs of a stressed cat so we can make adjustments and take them to the hospital if necessary for a check-up.

Cats can become stressed for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common include:


  • Dealing with a new environment: If your cat is used to a particular environment and suddenly experiences a drastic change in locations, then they could become uncomfortable and stressed. 


  • Living in small spaces: Cats can become stressed if their living space is too small and uncomfortable. This issue can get even worse if they have to compete with other animals for living space.


  • Surrounded by too many unknown people: Too many people that the cat is not familiar with can become a stressful situation. 


Signs Your Cat is Stressed

Below are some of the tell-tale signs that your cat may be experiencing stress:


  • Problems going to the bathroom: If your cat is all of a sudden not using their litter box for bathroom purposes, and is having trouble even going to the bathroom, then this is a serious issue. Urethral obstruction is a serious emergency and you will need to visit a vet immediately. 


  • Decreased appetite: Cats typically have a standard routine when it comes to their eating. If your cat isn’t eating at their normal times and is eating less than they normally do then this is an important sign that your cat is experiencing stress or another serious issue


  • Increased aggression: Pay attention if your cat starts to become more aggressive towards people or other animals. This can be a sign of stress or some other underlying issue. 


We Can Help Your Cat

If you notice a change in behavior in your cat, then this could be a symptom of stress or something more serious. At Monroe Animal Health, we offer high-quality care from our specialized vets and can take care of your pet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

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