Feline stress and the accompanying health effects are hot topics for owners, as well as veterinarians.
Stress has a role in several behavioral conditions that cause cats to be relinquished:
- House soiling
- Urine marking/spraying
- Human and animal aggression (cat/dog fights)
Stress can also lead to several medical problems:
- Cystitis- bladder inflammation also called Feline Urologic Syndrome
- Feline urethral obstruction- a life threatening emergency!
- Alopecia/hair loss
Some behavioral signs cats may show if they have stress/anxiety:
- Persistent hiding
- Scratching furniture excessively
- Decreased or picky appetite.
- Inappropriate elimination.
- Cats may over-groom themselves.
- Signs of over-grooming include: bald areas typically on their legs or belly, wounds called lick granulomas (raw skin/scabbing)
- Cats may stop grooming themselves.
- Signs of not grooming include matted fur, malodor, excess dander or flaky skin.