Cat Anxiety Concerns

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Cats are very emotional animals, change in their routines or changes in their enviornment can cause cat stress or cats anxiety.Adding a new pet to the household,or a new person,visiting,or moving into the house or even locating their litter box in a new location can trigger cat anxiety.Cat anxiety separation can occure when kitten siblings are separated .Identifying cat stress or anxiety symptons in their behavior,and treating it ,can keep an emotional problem from turning into a physical sickness.

When the hypothalamus,a section of the cats brain,identifies a threatening situation,it triggers a chemical response in the brain to either prepare to defend itself or to run and hide.This is a important reaction for cats except those with chronic anxiety,which can cause depression.If left untreated these chemical reactions can lead to many physical health issues.

Symptoms to look for when identifying cat anxiety are:excessive meowing,trembling,vomiting,weight loss,shyness,urine marking.although many pets will be anxious during a thunderstorm,cats with anxiety will have added behavioral changes.

If you are concerned with your cats unusual anxious behavior,you will want to have your vet evaluate for possible physical problems,because many symptoms of anxiety disorder are the same  symptoms as a physical sickness or disease.

If tests are normal and he has an anxiety issue,ask your vet for recommended treatments .

The first thing to look at would be the environment change,mentioned earlier.You can try and restore the environment,the cat was used to .Of course this is relevant to the situation,if you have moved,you cannot go back to the old place but,try and make the cats environment as comfortable as it once was.

If your cat has severe anxiety,your vet may want to put him on a psychotropic drug,such as pheno(phenobarbital).These drugs are prescribed by a doctor or vet and can be habbit forming,so try the over the counter treatments first. 

There is a treatment on the market that is getting some amazing results, synthetic pheromones called Feliway.Feliway minics the natural pheromones,that are produced from glands in the cats cheeks.You have seen your cat rub their face on furniture,marking their territory.Feliway signals to the cat that the area is safe ,which has a calming effect.

Their are a few ways to use this product: Comfort Zone Diffuser with Feliway for Cats Comfort Zone with Feliway Spray for Cats Good Behavior Calming Pheromone Cat Collar

You could take the natural approach: Stress Control for Cats Stress Control for Cats is fast, safe relief of a wide range of stress induced problems including, anxiety, hyper excitability, fear, nervousness, separation anxiety, gastric upset, stress licking, eating issues, neurotic behavior, phobias and much more.The natural pet products have herbal ingredients associated with calming the nervous system,but it is always best to consult your veterinarian

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This article was published on 2011/02/09