Anxiety is not a problem that humans only face. Cats and other animals can suffer from anxiety as well. It is a condition that can cause emotional distress and other problems in cats. If your cat is suffering from anxiety, you may begin to notice unusual behavior such as urinating outside the litter box. Fortunately, we can treat cat anxiety here at A Cat Hospital in Las Vegas and Henderson.
What is Cat Anxiety?
Anxiety in cats occurs when your cat is waiting for a threat or potential danger to happen. The perception of danger may still exist even if your cat is not experiencing any danger. This can set off a physical response in your cat. Cat anxiety can be caused by a traumatic event or related to changes in their environment such as relocating to a new home. Cats typically don’t display signs of anxiety until they are between the ages of 5 months and 1-year-old. However, anxiety can occur at any time under any circumstances.
Signs of Cat Anxiety
There are several signs to watch out for that indicate your cat is experiencing anxiety. The most common are:
- Hair loss caused by excessive grooming
- Urinating outside the litter box
- Territorial and aggressive behavior
Pay attention to any changes in your cat’s behavior, and watch out for other symptoms such as:
- Hiding or staying completely still
- Increase in vocalization
- Decrease in appetite
- Physical signs that include holding their ears back and hair standing up
Causes of Cat Anxiety
Several things can trigger anxiety in a cat that include:
- Physical pain or illness
- Traumatic event
- Changes in your cat’s environment such as relocating to a new home, a new family member, a new pet, or litterbox changes
- Improper socialization during kittenhood
You may have to make environmental changes to alleviate your cat’s anxiety. Potential changes include:
- Using natural calming aids
- Having your vet prescribe anti-anxiety medication (Depending on the severity of the anxiety)
- Making sure that any underlying medical condition is treated
Treatment plans are only successful when you stay committed to them and keep them consistent. It may take a few months for your cat to overcome anxiety or to reduce it to a more manageable level. It is important to remain patient.
Cat Anxiety Treatment in Henderson and Las Vegas
Call A Cat Hospital today at (702) 514-0949 for more information on cat anxiety or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.