Did you know cats can experience stress, just like us? It’s not uncommon for cats to suffer from stress, particularly when they live in a house with other felines. But there are ways you can help to modify cat behaviour.

Monitoring Cat Behaviour: The Signs of Stress

We often speak to cat owners who are worried about their cat’s behaviour. Often, the animal is acting in a particular way because of stress.

Look out for the following changes to cat behaviour, which are likely indicators of stress:

  • Withdrawn behaviour
  • Hiding from you and other animals
  • Lack of willingness to interact with you and other animals
  • Inappropriate urination
  • Fighting
  • Excessive marking

Why do cats get stressed?
There are a number of reasons that a cat may become stressed.

Bullying from other cats
Your pet’s stress could be down to bullying. Cats can be manipulative in certain situations and actually use psychological welfare on each other long before the physical fight breaks out.

Change of house layout/circumstances
Cats are very sensitive to their surroundings. They can become stressed when the layout of their living area changes, so be sure to ensure their favourite toys and bed are still easy for them to find.

They can also become stressed if there is a change to the living arrangement, such as someone familiar moving out or someone new moving in.

Travel
Cats are notoriously afraid of travelling. They can become stressed if they have to be moved anywhere, even if it’s just a routine trip to the vets.

Introduction of new pets
Bringing a new pet into the home can cause your cat to become stressed or agitated.

How to Reduce Stress in Cats
Thankfully, if you notice a change in cat behaviour and your cat is suffering from stress, there are things you can do to ease their upset.

If your cat is stressed because of another cat in the home, try reducing the monopoly of one cat. Make sure each one of your pets has their own litter tray and their own food bowl, on different levels of the house if possible. Provide multiple food and water bowls and spread them around.

You can also try using plug-in pheromone diffusers around your home which can help to modify cat behaviour, there are many brands available.

Your cat will also appreciate having multiple hiding places around the home and escape routes for worried cats – so things like cat flaps, spaces behind the sofa etc. should be readily available where possible.

Stress and Illness: Protect Your Pet
Whilst the majority of stress experienced by cats can be overcome using the methods described here, it is important to remember that illness needs to be ruled out as the primary problem.

If your cat is behaving in an unusual way you should visit your local vet as the first step.

We run a free advisory service at all of our branches and we would be happy to chat to you about any problems your cat is experiencing.

OUR LOCATIONS

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Veterinary Hospital
491 Kettering Rd
Northampton NN3 6QW

Opening Times:
Mon - Fri: 08.00 - 20.00
Sat: 08.00 - 18.00

Emergencies Only:
Mon - Fri: 20.00 - 22.00 (by appointment)
Sat: 18.00 - 20.00 (by appointment)
Sun and bank hols: 08.00 - 10.00 & 12.00 - 20:00
(by appointment)

Telephone: 01604 648221

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OUR LOCATIONS

map for Spinney Lodge veterinary hospital

Veterinary Hospital
491 Kettering Rd
Northampton NN3 6QW

Opening Times:
Mon - Fri: 08.00 - 20.00
Sat: 08.00 - 18.00

Emergencies Only:
Mon - Fri: 20.00 - 22.00 (by appointment)
Sat: 18.00 - 20.00 (by appointment)
Sun and bank hols: 08.00 - 10.00 & 12.00 - 20:00
(by appointment)

Telephone: 01604 648221

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Telephone: 01604 648221

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Veterinary Surgery
Tudor Court
Wootton Hope Drive
Wootton Fields
Northampton NN4 6FF

Opening Times:
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri
09.00 - 18.30
Wed: 09.00 - 20.00
Sat: 09.00 - 12.00 noon

Telephone: 01604 700366

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Veterinary Clinic
Overslade Close
East Hunsbury
Northampton NN4 0RZ

Opening Times:
Mon - Fri: 09.00 - 10.30

Mon, Wed & Fri
16.00 - 18.00

Telephone: 01604 760970

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