It’s a fact that everyone can be stressed sometimes, and the same goes for our cats. And the sad part is that the anxiety and fear associated with stress affect out cats as much as it affects us. So, due to the fact that that the cats are masters in hiding their emotions, you always need to look out for them. And probably the worse part is that stress can be an indication that your cat has a health issue. You need to look out for the following signs of stress, especially if they occur suddenly.
1. Urinating Outside Litter Box
It can be annoying, also smelly and hard to clean up, but this is something you need to pay attention to. When cats are urinating outside the litter box, they are trying to tell us something. You should consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist to find out what it is.
2. Diarrhea, Constipation or other Digestive Issue
This is also another stinky situation you must pay attention to. It might be a sign of something serious, so speak with your vet.
3. Excessive Grooming
It is a fact that out furry babies are known for their fastidious grooming, but licking themselves raw or bald is a clear sign of distress.
4. Excessive Scratching
Same as compulsive licking, excessive scratching can also be indicative of some health and behavioral issues. So, in order the problem not to get out of your hands, make an appointment with your vet.
Spending time alone is something that most cats love to do. However, if your cat is constantly hiding from you or anyone else in the house, it is an indicator that something is going on with her. This is something you need to consult with your vet.
6. Excessive Vocalization
If your cat is constantly “talking” be wary of unusually long or recurring bouts of panicked meows. Instead of trying to crack the kitty language code, consult with your vet.
7. Decrease in Appetite
When cats go on fasts or diets like we so, it is something you need to consult with your vet.
8. Increased Sleeping
Cats are well known for sleeping up to 20 hours a day, but it does not necessarily mean that your cat will. In time you will be able to become accustomed to his or her sleeping schedule, so if you notice something strange, if your cat is sleeping more than usual, talk to your vet.
9. Aggression Towards Other Animals
Aggressive actions or even fights towards other animals or household pets can be a sign that something is going on with your cat. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist before the problems get worse.
10. Aggression Towards People
A stressed or sick cat can also display its aggression towards people, even you. If something like this happens, consult your vet immediately.