Like humans, cats can suffer from intense stress. The consequences can be very serious. Why and how does this evil manifest itself? How to soothe a stressed cat, and if necessary, treat it? Stress in cats should not be taken lightly.
WHY IS THE CAT STRESSED?
Very often a lack of psychosocial weaning, separation from the mother before the rejection phase of the latter which occurs around 14 weeks. If the cat was separated at 9 weeks from its mother, he will remain hesitant about everything and may never be sure of himself.
It will make him stress over everything and nothing. It will all depend on when the education was cut off! People need to understand that a cat separated from its mother because it can eat on its own is like giving a car keys and a visa card to a 13-year-old! So he will do anything. The cat will then never feel certain that the decision is correct.
From there, stress will be felt frequently for a yes for a no. Very often, cats end up being placed elsewhere when the situation becomes hellish and the pee has caused the sofa to change 3 times…. The problem will then rest in the new focus.
We can also find stressed cats during:
a separation, or on the contrary, a life as a couple,
the arrival of a baby,
the departure to the university of the greatest,
a new animal (whatever the species),
departures on vacation,
a change of furniture …
Anything that makes life not exactly the way it was yesterday can stress a cat. We must therefore anticipate and prepare the cat for this change.
Here too, Bach flowers can be valuable, as well as the introduction of light therapy, or even probiotics for cats on medical advice. These solutions will be of great help in soothing a stressed cat.
THE IMPACTS OF STRESS IN THE CAT
How to recognize a stressed cat? It’s important to know that. Cat stress can also lead to depression and even death. Certain forms of stress will also cause the cat to self-harm in order to call for help. Some will tear off hair, pieces of skin, or even pieces of the tail …
Stress is therefore the enemy of the cat. It is then necessary to take care to limit it as much as possible. For example, a cat who is afraid of children should be quietly isolated when receiving toddlers who just think about catching him!
Remember, too, that a cat needs company. If he has to be alone for more than 10 hours a day, he will naturally stress, and a companion is not the solution: you will have two stressful cats instead of one!
A stressed cat will often pee everywhere in the house (sofa, bed, linen, etc.). It’s a form of communication for him. It is often very poorly managed by humans. However, there are solutions to soothe a stressed cat!
HOW TO CALM A STRESSED CAT?
We can already calm a stressed cat by eradicating the sources of stress! The big brother dog who comes once a week, the girlfriend’s son who wants to touch the cat’s tail, the uncle who doesn’t like cats and who shows him, the cousin who speaks loudly and makes the cat jump , but also the vacuum cleaner which disturbs him during his nap …
Then, we must try to make avoidable the causes on which we cannot intervene. If necessary, a few adapted Bach flowers (on the advice of a veterinarian) can relax it. Beware of synthetic pheromones which supposedly soothe cats, this rarely works and hormones often have an undesirable effect in the long term …