A cat with an anxiety disorder is a frightened cat. Something happened in her life that scared the cat. It could have been loud noises, abuse, a fall, or some other event that caused trauma. If your cat is too sensitive to noises or abrupt actions, fear is likely the cause. A specialized feline veterinarian can diagnose this condition and help you understand how to treat it.
Why is my cat so scared?
Cats are naturally cautious animals. They don’t like change. Did you notice your cat slowly sneaking into a room after you move the furniture? Do your cats hide when visitors come to your home? These behaviors don’t always indicate fear. Cats are cautious creatures.
How can I tell if my cat is scared?
There are degrees of anxiety disorders that range from mild to severe. If you’ve had your pet for a long time, you’ll know when their behavior changes. If you recently adopted a kitten, there is no way of knowing if it had trauma before it came to you. Also, you may not be aware that a cat in your care has been traumatized in your home. What doesn’t bother you could scare your pet!
Signs of anxiety in your cat
Your cat seems more nervous than usual. You are concerned that something is wrong. Look at these signs of cat anxiety:
- Increased nervousness and unable to calm down
- The pace also indicates nervous anxiety
- Hiding more often from family and other pets in the house
- Loss of appetite
- More vocalizations than normal
- More careful, more careful
- Compulsive care
Your cat could have an underlying health condition that is causing anxiety. Be sure to mention changes in your pet’s behavior during wellness check-ups or call Cat Care at Vinings (404) 792-0700 to make an appointment.
How do I know when my cat needs help?
Mild anxiety states in humans and animals are to be expected. We all feel anxious in times of stress. Have you recently moved, added a new pet to the family, has a new baby in the house? These are big changes for a cat and lead to a stress or anxiety response.
Moderate anxiety in cats is more evident in your pet’s physical behavior, such as crouching, keeping the tail close to the body, dilated pupils, rapid breathing. Try speaking to your cat in soothing tones, holding and petting them, and introducing distractions. If your cat’s symptoms get worse, please call Cat Care at Vinings for help with your pet.
Do your best to intervene before your cat becomes so anxious that it cannot move or becomes aggressive.
What if i can’t calm my cat?
Your cat will not just break out of a moderate or severe fearful state. The reasons for their fear are real to your pet. When you’ve done everything you can to calm your pet, it’s time for medical intervention. Your trusted veterinarian at Cat Care at Vinings will do a thorough examination of your cat, including blood and fecal tests, to determine if there is a health reason for your cat’s anxiety.
If the diagnosis turns out to be an anxiety disorder, we can help. We’ll talk to you about your cat’s environment, what medications may be needed, and how behavior modification training can help your cat be less anxious.
The Cat Care team at Vinings is ready to help you with your pet’s wellness issues. Arrange a wellness visit to our fear-free clinic for cats today.