Symptoms of anxiety in cats
Cats have a unique and special behavior. Usually it is a tremendously territorial animal that usually socializes correctly with other members of its species. Apart from their natural behavioral tendency, to understand pathological behavior, we must first understand how they are in their normal state and define anxiety itself.
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However, in some cases we detect behaviors that we define wrongly as anxiety, a health problem that can be dangerous for our cats and very uncomfortable for their owners. In YourCatCareguide we explain to you what are the symptoms of anxiety in cats and what we can do to help them.
If you believe that your cat has the first symptoms of anxiety in cats do not hesitate to go to a veterinarian who can help you find out the causes that can originate it.
What is anxiety?
There are two very important notions in defining anxiety:
- Anxiety is an adaptation disorder. It is no more than a pathological aggravation of the state of alert needed when adapting to a new environment.
- Anxiety can disrupt self-control.
That said, we can define anxiety as a state of distress without a precise cause, as opposed to fear or fear where it is directed towards a particular object or person. To better understand it we can give the example of fear of thunder as opposed to anxiety in or before storms.
The causes of anxiety in cats are always associated first with their ecology and then the relationship with other living beings without discriminating species. To conclude with the definitions, you should know that in veterinary medicine we are based on the following definition:
“Anxiety is a reactional state in which the likelihood of obtaining fear-like emotional reactions in response to any variation of inner or outer fear increases. There is consequently a disorganization of self-controls and a loss of adaptive capacity at any fear. ”
Symptoms of anxiety in cats
To detect the symptoms we should think of 2 large groups:
- Organic or physical symptoms
- Mental symptoms
Within the physical symptoms we may observe tachycardia (increased heart rate) or tachypnea (increased respiration) with murmurs. Often occurs during veterinary consultation but is uncommon in cats, it is most often seen in dogs. In addition, we can observe soft stools or diarrhea, dilated pupils, sweat in the plantar cushions (which can be seen when walking).
When we talk about the mental symptoms we can mix them or confuse them with behaviors that we can think of as normal in our cat. Ingestion of very low food is common in chronic anxieties (such as overcrowding of animals in confined spaces) as well as the lack of proper hygiene, so typical in domestic cats.
Another more common symptoms in dogs than in cats is the excessive licking of some of their paws with no apparent cause. changes in sleep like hypervigilance due to the arrival of a new member, marking territory in cats that did not previously or in excessive form and very aggressive behavior without apparent cause and daily are some of the symptoms that we can find in our animals.
Treatment to be explored to combat anxiety
As we always advise in YourCatCareguide, in the presence of these symptoms or any that call us attention, consult with the veterinarian so that you can make the differential diagnosis and can isolate the anxiety with a percentage of certainty higher than our own intuition.
It is highly recommended to use intelligence toys, especially those that are food dispensers, so that our cat distracts his anxiety with activities that foster his intelligence and make him feel useful. The massage and strokes are also a form of the stunning help release tension from your body.
On the other hand, therapies with the Bach Flowers and Homeopathy are widely recommended in these cases. Reiki sessions for animals can also be useful especially in homes where many animals live and coexistence is often harsh.
This article is purely informative, in YourCatCareguide.com.br we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.
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