The Most Common Causes of Stress in Cats

How to help your stressed cat

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Stress in Cats

If you have a cat, you probably already know that there are things that can cause them to hide, hiss, run away and even pee or poop outside of the litter box.

All of these behaviors can be due to environmental stress and it is important that you recognize them so that you can do something to help your cat.

Living a stress-free life is impossible, but knowing a few common causes and triggers can help avoid unnecessary stress on your cat.

Causes of stress in cats

Like humans, each cat may react differently to a particular event, object, or person, but there are some common situations in which your cat is more likely to be stressed.

New people and pets

Cats are often sensitive to changes in the home, even when people and pets that live in their homes come and go.

New kids coming home, grandparents coming home, divorce, roommate change, marriage, new cats and other pets, and even someone staying the night can cause stress for your cat, especially if your cat doesn't know you yet.

Having company on vacation is a common problem for many cats, affecting not only new people but many other stressors as well.


Strange odors, construction noise, lying down, strangers, and other things necessary to get work done in or near your home can be stressful for your cat.

Even painting or renovating a room can be stressful, so it doesn't have to be a huge construction project to cause problems.

Animals outside

If your cat can hear, smell, and especially see another animal outside, it may become stressed. Outdoor cats are a common source of stress for your cat, but even if you can't catch birds off your cat, it can cause your cat to experience bloated stress.


If you have to move your cat for any reason, stress is likely to arise. If you are not used to an airline, the sights and sounds of a car or flight or waiting at your destination (for example, the vet) can be stressful.

Other environmental changes

Everything from robotic vacuums and Christmas decorations to moving boxes can be stressful for your cat.

Changing the location of the litter box, the type of litter box used, the way your cat eats, and even the location of his favorite scratchers are other examples of environmental changes that can cause stress on your cat, but any type of change your cat does, the house is a potential problem.

This is how stress is recognized in your cat

Causes of stress in cats

Hiding is one of the most obvious signs that your cat is stressed, but it is not the only one. Sitting, running away, growling, scratching things, and throwing things out of the trash are other signs of stress in your cat and should not be ignored, especially if they occur on a regular basis.

Observe your cat for these symptoms and be aware of what may have changed before noticing this behavior.

How to help your stressed cat

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help your cat when he is stressed. If you can find the source of the stress, it is best to eliminate it, but that is not always possible.

You can't shed or stop raising a family member or a new pet because your cat is stressed out about it, but that doesn't mean you can't help him just yet.

Pheromone-containing sprays, wipes, and diffusers are great starting points for dealing with your feline friend's anxiety.

Products like Feliway can be used continuously and for a long time or as needed. They help cats feel calm and secure, but you may need to use them with something else if you're not helping yourself.

Supplements and special diets are the next steps to help your stressed cat. Various ingredients like L-theanine, whey protein, magnolia extracts, and Phellodendron extracts have been shown to help a stressed cat and are found in items like Solliquin 'and Zylkene' and even specialty cat foods like Royal Canin's Calm down.

If necessary, stressed cats may need a combination of pheromones, supplements, diet, and even medications.

The vet may recommend fluoxetine, gabapentin, amitriptyline, and other prescription products for stressful cases that cannot be treated with other methods. Depending on the situation, it may be necessary to administer them temporarily or for a prolonged period.

However, if you can help your cat feel less stressed than necessary, it's worth it.

7 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress in Cats

Source: Our Pets Health

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