You may think you already know your cat so well after having spent many years caring for them. But naturally, they can be very stoic and they are good at concealing their true emotions – even pain.
You could be the most intuitive cat owner there can be but there are times you might miss signs that your cat is giving off, particularly those that tell you he or she is stressed out.
Stress in cats is caused by many factors, including disease.
Identifying the signs of stress in cats early on can help lessen the discomfort your cat may be feeling.
#1. Constant hiding
Cats can be wary around strangers and they may feel the need to hide when friends or relatives come to visit. However, it’s a different story if your cat continues to hide, even when there are no visitors around. When you notice that your cat doesn’t come out of his hiding place, even with his favorite meal in the bowl, something could be stressing him out.
#2. Excessive grooming
Cats are known to be excellent groomers. Their grooming skill is one of the many things that make them fascinating creatures. If you notice that your cat grooms excessively, it could mean he is stressed out since grooming is soothing for them. Grooming is becoming a problem when cats lick themselves to the point of going bald.
#3. Not using the litter box
Cats are great at using their litter box but if you notice he had an accident, don’t react with anger immediately. You may need to investigate why he didn’t use the litter box. It’s also not his way of getting back at you or acting out – your cat is just trying to let you know that something is off.
Cats look up to their humans and they can be affectionate towards other animals in the household. If you have observed your cat lashing at you, biting, scratching and hissing at you or other animals inside your home, something is stressing them out.
#5. A decrease in appetite
Cats can be picky with their food but if they found something that they love, they’ll let you know. However, if your cat suddenly refuses to eat his favorite food or treat or generally has a decreased appetite, you need to pay attention. This could be a warning sign for stress.
If you observe any of the signs mentioned above, it’s best to take your cat to the doctor immediately. You know your cat more than anyone so if anything seems to be unusual, don’t hesitate to contact your trusted veterinarian.