Cat anxiety symptoms

Anxiety in the cat is not a joke; it can be a severe problem, especially if left untreated. Animals may be afraid of different things such as fireworks, loud noises, and even children, but when we talk about the cats, they are sensitive creatures. They may get anxious by anything going on around them. It is a severe problem for many cat owners. The cat cannot tell about her anxiety, but you can observe the signs and causes that are making your kitty stressed.

What is cat anxiety?

Anxiety is an ongoing condition and often develops in the cats at the onset of social maturity, between 12-36 months of age. Stress is an anticipation of future dangers from an imagined origin, and body reactions are associated with fear.

Cats may have anxiety like other animals but cannot express their feelings in words, but they show different signs and symptoms that may lead to harmful behaviors in pets.

Signs and symptoms of cat anxiety

Cats often show destructive behavior when they get anxious, such as scratching furniture or clawing at the curtains. Anxiety in cats can reach a stage where they can show compulsive behaviors (the behavior that is repeated over and over ). This type of action shows unintentional damage to your pet; for example, excessive grooming in your cat may result in bald patches.

Cats may show the following signs and symptoms when they are anxious:


Some cats are not so social and often hide whenever any guest visits your house, but if your cat prefers to hide all the time and it feels like you don’t even have a cat, then your kitty may be anxious.

Failing to use the litter box

If your well-mannered cat suddenly stops using the litter box and starts to pee or eliminate outside the box it means she is in stress and wants to tell you something. If the litter box is clean and smelling fresh, and there is no health problem with your kitty such as a urinary tract issue, then it is the time to consider that your fluffy buddy is suffering from anxiety


If your cat is showing aggressive behavior without any reason, then maybe there is stress behind this behavior. Often boredom causes tension in a pet, a cat that needs attention often shows adverse reactions to get your attention.

Extra meowing

Cats meow to communicate with each other as well as with humans. If your cat is trying to get your attention with extra meowing and you are not able to realize what kitty wants, then she might be trying to tell you that she is feeling dark and twisty. Extra meowing in cats is also a result of some anxiety or stress.

Excessive grooming

If your cat is grooming herself over and over, then she might be anxious. You can note so much grooming in your cat by observing that she has lost hair over some parts of her body.

Change in eating habits

If your cat is eating everything in sight or stops eating suddenly, then she is in stress. Eating everything or not to eat anything  is a way for the cats to deal with their anxiety. It also indicates that there is an underlying problem present.

Increased lethargy

The anxious cat may lose interest in playing or interacting with humans. It also leads to some health problems with your feline friends, but there is also a possibility that kitty might be anxious.

Following the people

Cats often suffer from separation anxiety. If your kitty begins to follow you everywhere and doesn’t want to let you out of sight, then she might be anxious. Cats need more attention from their owner in anxiety or stress.

Causes of anxiety in cats

Various things can cause stress in cats. They are similar to the things that cause anxiety in humans, such as a remarkable change in routine or environment. Shifting into a new house or introduction of a new person at home can lead to anxiety in cats.

Changes in your pet’s daily routine also lead to stress. If you socialize a kitten at a very young age, then it may develop anxiety in your pet. If you are spending much of your time outside the house and are not available to your kitty all the time, then it may lead to separation anxiety in your feline friend.

How to treat a cat’s anxiety

Signs and symptoms of anxiety are similar to the other illness in your pet; therefore, whenever you see any abnormality in your pet’s behavior, visit the vet as soon as possible. He will examine your kitty and may diagnose your pet with anxiety. In this situation, he can prescribe medication or some cat calming techniques.

Before you discover the best cat calming method for treating your pet’s anxiety, it is essential to find the cause of stress in your cat first. A little change in your cat’s routine or environment may lead to severe anxiety.

If your cat has separation anxiety, then provide your cat with a range of toys to keep her busy when you are on your way. Cat feels fear when you suddenly leave her alone at home while going for a job. To distract the attention of your furry friend from you, use puzzle feeders to keep them busy.

Cat calming products are also available in the market that can soothe your pet but should not be relied on blindly. They are available in spray, diffuser, and plug-in forms. They release pheromones to soothe the animals. As an owner, you should identify the main cause of anxiety for getting a long-term solution.

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