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Learn the Signs of a Stressed-Out Cat


Animals  (tags: cats, stress, changes, adjustment, understanding )

Raffi
- 3310 days ago - kndo.com
You've probably heard the phrase "hair-pulling moment" in reference to stressful situations, but did you know that cats sometimes compulsively pull out their fur when they feel anxious? "Stress is a very big deal because it has a profound effect on



   

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Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Monday August 31, 2009, 10:49 am
Learn the signs of a stressed-out cat

By Natalia Macrynikola, Studio One Networks


You've probably heard the phrase "hair-pulling moment" in reference to stressful situations, but did you know that cats sometimes compulsively pull out their fur when they feel anxious? "Stress is a very big deal because it has a profound effect on all aspects of animals' experience," says Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., a certified applied animal behaviorist.

Stress can trigger feline reactions ranging in severity from hiding to self-mutilation. Just as humans often need support during tough times, our feline friends could use a "helping hand" when feeling anxious.

Is Stress Really That Serious?

When it comes to feline stress, a bit of it is actually a good thing. Predatory animals enjoy excitement, so your cat may relish the stimulation caused by a small amount of stress. But if stress increases dramatically, it can take a toll on your pet's health. "Chronic stress suppresses the immune response, causing a broad range of illnesses," explains McConnell. Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, for example, notes a link between stress and pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas that can cause abdominal pain and may lead to other health problems in your cat.

But health isn't the only aspect of your cat's life that can be affected by stress. Significant stress may also influence your cat's behavior. Cats often develop fear-related responses to regular things, like hiding under the bed and not coming out. A stressed cat may also become more aggressive than usual, making playtime physically painful. Some cats even stop eating completely, while others eliminate outside the litter box, spray around the house, groom excessively and become restless.

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. (0)
Monday August 31, 2009, 5:16 pm
this is very interesting for anyone who has kitty's,and care's for there wellbeing.thanx Rafael.
 

Jeanette Steffi G (189)
Monday August 31, 2009, 8:18 pm
Thanks for the news! I can understand my cat now even better.
 

greenplanet e (155)
Monday August 31, 2009, 8:36 pm
I know a cat who pulled out his fur. Sometimes too many other cats in the neighborhood can cause stress to cats.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 1, 2009, 2:42 am
I once saw a cat that was so bald I thought it suffered from the mange until a vet told me it was the result of stress from being kept in , unsuitabe conditions.It seems the cat was the only one in the entire street and was surrounded on all sides by barking dogs.
 

Barb Knight (1693)
Tuesday September 1, 2009, 4:26 pm
Oh Alfred, how sad!! Poor baby cat!! My cats must've been happy because they had their hair. But my goodness...I never knew this before. Thnx, Raffi!!
 

Gudrun D (447)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 6:42 pm
Thanks Raf!
 

. (0)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 7:31 pm
Thanks for the info, Raffi.
 
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