The cat is worried: what to do? How to help a cat cope with anxiety?
Sometimes a cat is very anxious, and this, in turn, worries the owners. But sometimes, trying to help the cat cope with anxiety, the owners, not wanting it, only increase its anxiety. What to do if a cat is worried, and how to help her cope with anxiety?
How to understand that a cat is worried?
There can be so many reasons why a cat is worried. As well as ways to deal with stress. It should be borne in mind that distress (“bad” stress) not only adversely affects the well-being of the cat, but also affects its behavior.
There are a number of behavioral problems that may be manifestations of distress in a cat:
- Cat intensively scratches furniture.
- The cat goes to the toilet past the tray.
- The cat licks itself too zealously.
- The cat constantly meows.
- The cat often bites or scratches.
- The cat is trying to hide.
Like other living things, in the fight against anxiety, the cat chooses one of the following strategies: to run, fight, freeze or try to appease the enemy. But unlike dogs, cats often prefer to fight, even with the enemy much more than themselves. If the cat has the opportunity to run away and hide, most likely, soon it will calm down and return to its previous, calm state.
There are physiological signs that indicate keen concern:
- Frequent breathing.
- High blood pressure.
What if the cat is worried?
If the cat is worried, it is necessary to help her cope with this condition. This can be done by observing the following principles:
- If a cat is nervous in the presence of guests, in no case do not force communicate with them (for example, do not bring force to the room with guests). In this case, the cat will feel that it has been trapped, and, trying to escape, it may injure you.
- If a cat climbed onto the closet in search of salvation, do not attempt to steal her from there. You can try to lure her with the help of goodies or just leave her alone - she will go down when she is ready.
- If the source of anxiety cannot be resolved for some time, it may be worth give the cat a sedative. But in this case, be sure to consult your veterinarian.
- If the cat is worried about watching other animals through the window, the window is worth closing.
- More play with catif she makes contact.
- Review schedule - Perhaps the cause of concern lies precisely in him.
- Give the cat an opportunity avoid communication with people or animals that scare her (for example, equip the "second tier" and establish shelters).
- In some cases, you can not do without the help of a specialist.