Anxiety in Cats
Behavioral problems have become a major concern for pet parents over the past decade. Years ago cats had working roles within the household and spent a lot of their time outside. Cats ridded the house & barn of unwanted pests. Our modern lifestyles have evolved more quickly than our pets’ instincts and now some of these once desirable behaviors that we have bred into our animals are no longer so useful. Cats need physical exercise and stability in their daily routine, just like people. Some cats have trouble adjusting to our modern lifestyles and some are simply prone to anxiety.
Even the most laid back cats become frightened by too much excitement. Often times there are specific situations that seem to set off our pets’ fears that require more help that behavior modification training alone. In the case of rescued cats, pet parents may not know their pets’ histories or why they react to certain situations with fear, but there seem to be a list of triggers that are common stressors:
- Visits to the vet or groomer
- Thunderstorms or Fireworks
- Separation Anxiety
- Changes to home environment or routine
- New pets in the household
Regardless of what stressor sets off your cat, there are going to be times when a calming product can make life a lot easier for both of you. Before starting any new supplements, it is always a good idea to talk to your vet about any questions or concerns you may have because your vet will know your specific cat’s history.
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