A Cat Hospital | Does My Cat Have Anxiety?
Cats are curious creatures with personalities entirely their own. While any cat owner can tell you that, what you may not know is that cats can also struggle with anxiety just like dogs and humans. At A Cat Hospital, which serves Henderson and Las Vegas, we help worried cat parents all the time that have an anxious feline. Here are a few things you should know if you suspect your cat is dealing with anxiety.
What are some of the symptoms of cat anxiety?
Cats are not always the easiest to assess for emotional symptoms. However, there are a few telltale indicators that can be related to anxiety issues in felines, such as:
- Refusal to use the litter pan even though it hasn't been moved or changed
- Hiding and not coming out of their hiding place for long periods of time
- Making a lot more noise than usual; meowing non-stop
- Anxiously walking the floors or trying to get out of the house
- A noticeable change in mood, sleeping habits, or eating habits
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Increased aggressive actions (e.g. biting, clawing)
How can you help a cat with anxiety?
In order to help a cat with anxiety without medical intervention, you will likely need to look into what is causing the anxiety. Most cats suffer from anxiety due to a change in their environment. For example, if you move to a new home, bring a new person or pet into your home, or even drastically change your surroundings. It is rare, but some cats are naturally prone to anxiety due to traumatic events early in their lives. In these cases, medical intervention may be required.
Are there treatments available at the veterinarian for cat anxiety?
A veterinarian can help your cat with anxiety in several ways. Natural remedies may be available, such as changing your cat's diet to include certain vitamins and minerals that may be lacking. In severe cases, your veterinarian may prescribe oral medications the cat can take to help combat anxious symptoms. If you suspect your cat has anxiety, contact us at A Cat Hospital in Las Vegas for more information.