It’s no secret that cats are skittish creatures. Sure, they’re cool as summer cucumbers when they’re napping at the top of a tall climbing tree—mostly because they know they’re safe in your home and care. But the slightest unexpected movement can freak Fluffy out.
Why Is My Cat So Jumpy?
Your beloved fur baby is a natural-born killer. Cats exist to hunt and prey on smaller critters. Their predatory instincts kick in when triggered by movement. Changes in your pet’s environment can cause your kitty to feel vulnerable. Your cat may hide or yowl or run away from you for many reasons, but one reason could be kitty anxiety.
What Triggers Anxiety In Cats?
Have you recently adopted a nervous cat? Give kitty time to adjust to the new surroundings. Cats are cautious and not necessarily cautiously optimistic! They may need to hide and take time to explore their new home and humans. No matter how much you may want to be your pet’s new best friend, the cat will decide when the time is right. Other reasons for cat anxiety include:
- Abuse, abandonment, neglect
- Breed—some cat breeds are more prone to anxiety
- Changes in the environment—this includes new people, pets, houses, or even new or moved furniture
- Diseases affecting the nervous system
- Poor social training
- Separation anxiety
- Toxic substances on the skin or ingested can cause distress and upset
Underlying Health Conditions That Cause Anxiety in Cats
Before diagnosing your cat’s anxious behaviors as a psychological problem, your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination, including blood tests. Your cat instinctively will hide pain from injury and even sickness from disease for as long as possible. Suffering in silence could be a sign of medical issues.
What Are Some Symptoms of Cat Anxiety?
- Avoids the litter box
- Diarrhea or loose stools
- Excessive grooming and chewing on fur
- Hiding and escaping
- Loss of interest in activities
- Running away from family members
- Showing fear of other pets or the household environment
What Can I Do To Help Calm My Cat?
- Administer anti-anxiety medication as prescribed by your veterinarian
- Work with a trainer or animal behaviorist to learn about behavior conditioning
- Reward good behavior with tasty treats
- Do not crate an anxious cat. Give them room to move about at will.
Don’t punish your cat when they are showing anxiety behaviors. Cats respond positively to treats, so offer kitty snacks with a side of affection.
We Partner With You To Help Keep Your Cat Anxiety Free!
Your cat’s wellness care is as important to us at Evendale Blue-Ash Pet Hospital as it is to you. We are here to help you and your pets with their health care needs.We encourage regular wellness visits to keep immunizations up to date and give your cat a thorough exam to catch any developing health problems early. Schedule an appointment online or call us at (513) 563‑0410.