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How to Treat and Prevent Anxiety in Your Cat

Hanford, CA cat hiding and having anxiety.

Just like humans, cats can experience anxiety. Unlike humans, they hide it very well. There are many natural ways to treat and present anxiety. If these treatments below don’t work, we recommend discussing a comprehensive, personalized plan with your vet at Hanford Veterinary Hospital

Be Mindful of Your Cat’s Environment 

Did you know that today’s house cats have ancestors whose remains were discovered in caves? Because cats of yesteryear roamed free, it’s crucial for cats never to feel trapped. They need plenty of places to hide. Offer multi-level options and observe their behavior. Do they like to be up high or down low? Do they prefer to be tucked into a dark corner or prefer to parkour between spots?

Research and experiment with cat furniture to create a space that is purrfect for your pet. Hideaways and scratch pads are popular options, as well as multi-level platforms. Many cat furniture products in the market have all of these components!

Know the Signs of Pet Anxiety

When humans are stressed and anxious, we might want hugs and snuggles. That is not always the case with cats. It is possible that your feline either doesn’t feel like it at the moment or doesn’t have the purrsonality. Overhandling can lead to increased anxiety and stress. 

Try following your cat’s tail as a guide on when they want to play and interact.

It can be as simple as observing: tail up or tail down.

Tail up—friendly, confident, and amused.

Tail down—could mean many things: resting, agitated, anxious, scared, or ill. Contact us to talk about your pet anxiety.  

Try Aromatic Products

Cats naturally release pheromones from their glands in their mouth, paw pads, and nipples. You may have seen your cat rub their head on objects, scratch, and claw, and bump heads with other cats. These are ways of distributing pheromones and influencing behavior. 

Feliway creates products that diffuse cat pheromones with the intent to curb destructive behavior caused by anxiety or stress. There are many products on the market that are similar. Talk to your vet to discuss different ideas.

Try Compression

Like a swaddled baby, your cat might require some gentle compression to calm down. Thundershirt is a highly recommended product. It is easy to put on and remove, for most cats, at least. You can use it for temporary situations like nail trimming, vet visits, or even travel.

Try Some Tranquil Formula Food

L-tryptophan is a neurotransmitter that affects mood and anxiety. Many products contain L-tryptophan.

Hills Prescription Diet is a brand that offers wet food and dry food that promises to help tackle stress from cat anxiety. Tranquil formula for cats is a supplement that helps maintain emotional balance for cats. 

Cat Emotions and Behaviors Can Be Complex

Understanding a cat’s emotional state can be complicated. These tips are a great place to start. If you want to learn more about your cat’s behavior and how you can facilitate your cat’s overall pet health, contact us at (559)584-448 and schedule an appointment today. 

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