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Stress in Cats

Big stress triggers are easier to identify because they’re usually things that would affect our stress level as well, such as:

divorce

death in the family

moving to a new home

major renovation

new baby

illness

abuse

addition of an additional cat or dog into the home

natural disaster

injury

What happens in some cases though is that we get caught up in dealing with our own stress crisis that we don’t see how it’s also affecting the cat.

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Signs of Stress in Cats

Cats don’t all show the same signs when it comes to stress and they can be easy to overlook. You might attribute your cat’s change in behavior to something else or the stress effects might happen so gradually that you aren’t even aware that there is a change in how your cat behaves. If your cat tends to hide on a regular basis, it can be easy to not notice that her stress level has increased. Signs of stress may include:

loss of appetite

excessive grooming (which may result in a condition known as psychogenic alopecia)

less interaction with family members

hiding

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