The Signs of Chronic Stress in Cats and How To De-Stressify

Chronic stress in cats is just as serious of a problem as it is in humans but it is often overlooked because of cat’s reputations of being independent, standoffish and grouchy. To make sure you don’t miss some of the signs that your kitty has chronic stress, here are a few to look out for from cat behaviourist Pam Johnson-Bennett:

  • Eliminating outside of the litter box
  • Increased vocalization
  • Excessive grooming
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Change in social behaviour
  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Increased aggression
Signs of stress won’t always be as clear as angry Riah, you may have to do some detective work!

If you think that your kitty is feeling stressed or is chronically stressed, the most important thing to do is enrich her environment. You can do this by providing spots for your kitty to perch at to look out a window, provide beds that get hit by rays of sun throughout the day, give them lots of safe and social hiding places, feed them with a puzzle feeder and provide them with solo toys that they love. And as always, play, play, play. Interactive play with wand toys, or even fetch, is the number one way to de-stress your cat and keep them happy!