Feline Stress: The Effect

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
  • Anorexia
  • Obesity

Some behavioral signs cats may show if they have stress/anxiety:

  • Persistent hiding
  • Scratching furniture excessively
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased or picky appetite.
  • Inappropriate elimination.
  • Aggression
  • 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)

    Grooming Cat
  • Cats may stop grooming themselves.
    • Signs of not grooming include matted fur, malodor, excess dander or flaky skin.

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