Here are some suggestions to help you get started on helping your cat:
- Help your cat get comfortable with the cat carrier so car travel won’t be so frightening
- Take your cat to a veterinary clinic that has worked to create a cat-friendly practice
- Address multicat tension issues now, before they get any worse
- Make sure there are adequate resources for each cat to reduce competition and guarding
- Maintain good litter box hygiene
- Create environmental enrichment in the home
- Socialize your cat
- Ease your cat through life transitions rather than make abrupt changes
- Maintain your cat’s veterinary care
- Engage your cat in daily interactive play sessions
- Do gradual, positive new pet introductions
- Provide good quality nutrition
Need More Information on Cat Stress?
The above information is just to give you an idea of what your cat needs. Each situation is unique. What’s most important is to look at your cat’s circumstances and figure out what might be causing the ongoing stress. In some cases all that will be needed are some minor tweaks to help him feel more secure. In other cases, the ongoing stress response is causing harm to him emotionally and physically. For more information on how to create a healthy, happy environment for your cat or if you’re dealing with behavior problems, refer to the books by best-selling author Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you need professional help, ask your veterinarian for a referral to a veterinary behaviorist.
If you have a question about your cat’s behavior, you can find information in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s health, please contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care.