THE STRESS IN CATS
Cats don’t talk, ouch us. And unfortunately, it is not possible to ask them how they feel. Fortunately, however, it is possible to investigate their behaviors to understand how happy, stressed, annoyed or relaxed they are. Being able to pick up these signals will increase the cat’s sense of security and, at the same time, will increase his showing of affection for the owner.
How does the mood of cats change?
Cats are more loving and well-behaved when they are in control of their environment. When they feel this control they mark their environment carefully with facial markings release pheromones. This release happens whenever the cat rubs its nose against the furniture or against your legs. When you observe this behavior, you can be sure that the cat feels good. Sometimes these important safety markings are inadvertently eliminated by moving furniture or buying new furniture, with excessive cleaning or doing renovation work. When this happens, the cat is disoriented and stressed: this can lead to incorrect behavior. Other factors that influence the behavior of cats are access to food, heat, water, litter, attention, and coexistence in the home with other cats, as well as the presence of guests at home.
If your cat has been removed from its environment for a period (for visits to the vet or cattery), facial markings at home will be reduced and this can make it difficult to settle back into its territory. Furthermore, if you have other cats, the cat will have absorbed unknown smells while away. These odors can cause anxiety in your other cats. Perhaps the biggest cause of stress for the cat can be moving to a new home where there are no facial markings. This represents a major change within the cat environment that can cause some problems.
In these cases, the use of products capable of releasing pheromones, which cats identify with feelings of happiness and safety, can help overcome moments of stress and change. The use of products such as Feliway Spray in the new environment will help the cat adapt more easily to any changes that are taking place. Unlike dogs, which give obvious signs of behavior to their owners, cats have much more discretion when they have needs and show that they are more difficult to cope with. Knowing the warning signs when your cat feels stressed is essential to identify their emotional well-being and make the necessary changes to improve their feeling of security and fulfillment.
Sad cat, 8 signs to observe
- He hides or refuses to interact
- Excessive licking
- Low/severe meow
- Lack of appetite
- Conflict with other cats
- Urine markings
- Vertical scratches
- Reduced activity
If you have noticed some of these changes in your cat’s behavior the first thing to do is to talk to your vet about it so that there are no health problems at the base. Once you exclude health problems, you can evaluate, together with your vet, some products that can help your cat find serenity and safety in a completely natural way. (Feliway, Valeriana and the like)
Happy cat, 6 signs to watch
- A straight tail in the air, relaxed in the upper part
- So much affection, including rubbing against the legs or cuddling in the lap
- A sharp, “Miao!” As if he were chatting with you
- Position lying on the back with four elongated legs
- Curious and playful like a kitten
- Healthy appetite