Since many of the symptoms of anxiety disorder are physical and can be linked to other illnesses, your veterinarian will first look for a physical cause for the problem. Your veterinarian will evaluate your cat’s behavior and run tests to for other problems. If the tests are normal and it appears your cat is indeed suffering from anxiety, your vet will give you some tips on how to treat it. There are three main strategies for treating anxiety: environmental change, psychotropic drugs, and the application of feline facial synthetic pheromones. The first step in dealing with an anxious cat to look at the environment.
Cats do not deal well with change. Introducing a new cat to the home also causes stress. Giving your cat extra attention during this time can help. Often your cat will adjust in a short period of time. If your cat does not seem to adjust, or if your cat seems to be anxious for no reason, it’s time to talk to your vet about anti-anxiety medication. Medication may be required for a short period.
Some cats simply have a nervous disposition. Cats can have anxiety disorders just like people can. These cats may require long-term anxiety medication, although behavioral and environmental changes should be tried first. An anti-anxiety drug is designed to be given once a day and to keep your cat calm over-all. It is not designed to be given at a particular time when your cat becomes overly anxious or excited. The best thing to do at such times is to speak calmly to your cat in a reassuring but firm voice. Keep your hand on your cat, providing your cat does not become aggressive.
Some cats may become aggressive and try to bite or scratch. If possible, remove the cat from the anxiety-provoking situation. Above all, remain calm yourself, because your cat will take cues from your behavior. Cats that compete at shows should have generally calm dispositions. However, the competitive environment can cause some stress for your cats. Use your calm voice and keep your hand on your cat.
Cats with high levels of anxiety will not do well in a competitive environment. Anxiety drugs are usually prescribed to provide fast improvement in behavior. One reason is that problems often develop over time with the owner only seeking treatment when the problem is more severe. Two types of drugs are usually prescribed, psychotropic drugs and pheromones. Feliway is a new product that mimics pheromones of cats. Cats produce pheromones from glands in their cheeks, and rub their cheeks against furniture and other things in their environment, marking them as their territory. Feliway works by signaling to cats that the environment is friendly territory.
It helps with anxiety symptoms like clawing furniture and urinating in the house. You can also try a natural remedy that is made to support the nervous system. As with all remedies, be sure to discuss this and other options with your veterinarian. The Cat Health Guide is not intended to replace the advice of a Veterinarian or other Health Professional. This site accepts advertising and other forms of compensation for products mentioned. Such compensation does not influence the information or recommendations made. We always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences.
Why is My Cat Peeing Everywhere? We’ve been getting this question a lot lately, so we thought we’d share some tips. Our cat Titus gets moody and destructive if he doesn’t get his daily nap in the sun. Our cat, Titus, gets moody and destructive if he doesn’t get his daily nap in the sunlight. Unlike the dog who may eat the couch, cats are subtle creatures when they are unhappy. The signs they give to show it often go undetected for long periods. They may shed more, gain weight, lose weight, stop playing, become destructive, over-groom and produce more hairballs, or under-groom and let their fur become matted, dull and dirty feeling. These signs are often missed all together or dismissed as aging. Meanwhile the cat falls deeper and deeper into depression and searches for new ways to show it.