- Change in litter tray use. This is the number one sign, and cats use their toileting habits to try and alert you to problems that they can’t speak about. Peeing or pooping is problematic and should be considered an important alert that something is wrong with your cat.
- Hiding. The classic sign of anxiety is your cat retreating to the wardrobe or hiding in a small space.
- Change in the mood. This can be quick with your cat going from play or cuddle to scratch and bite.
- Aggression. Fighting with other household cats (or pets) can occur when a cat is feeling anxious and may want to defend territory or be left alone.
- An increase in vocalisation (excessive meowing). Your cat can’t talk but some breeds are vocal and will try to alert you when they have a problem.
- A change in appetite or weight. A visit to the vet is recommended, with cats not eating or drinking if anxious, and losing weight rapidly
- Following people around the house.
- Increased lethargy and longer sleeping periods than usual.
- Make sure the litter box or tray is clean and fresh, with familiar litter in place. If this is an issue you can’t address due to absence, an automatic Litter Box maybe a good solution.
- Maintain your cat’s usual routines such as feeding times.
- Provide a quiet place, room or refuge that your cat can access if needed
- If your cat is hiding, don’t go and get him. Let him come out when ready
- Get some new toys and spend quality time playing with your cat
- Moderate your behaviour if possible, to be calm and quiet. Your cat helps you and sometimes, you need to help and provide comfort for your cat in return.
Cats provide excellent companionship and are a source of healing and comfort to their owners, but sometimes will need help themselves. Observe your cat and recognise if they need your care and consideration to restore their usual attitude, and you will be well rewarded. There is much joy in the company of a good Cat!