Category Archives: Pet Anxiety

Is Your Cat Bored?

Take a look around your home. Are there things that your cat can do, play with and watch?

Kitty boredom can lead to a variety of problems and destructive behaviors such as:

  • Urinating outside the litter box
  • Overeating
  • Aggression
  • Scratching

Preventing Cat Boredom

It is important to provide your cat with a stimulating environment. This means an environment with things to do. Windows to look out of, things to watch, places to climb and safe toys to play with are all great ways to prevent boredom.

Here are some tips to entertain your cat and prevent undesirable behavior:
Cat Boredom

  1. Catnip – Cats LOVE catnip. Offer your cat some catnip on occasion to roll around in and eat. You can also revive interest in an old cat toy by sprinkling it with catnip.
  2. Window Perches – Cats enjoy having a comfortable place to watch what is going on outside. Purchase a window bed for your cat or position a cat tree near a window to create an outside view.
  3. Create an Outside View – Position a bird or squirrel feeder within viewing distance of your cat’s window perch.
  4. Cat Toys – Make sure that you are stocked with plenty of cat toys. Hiding and then reintroducing toys that your cat enjoys is a great way to keep them interested.
  5. Scratching Post – Even a declawed cat will enjoy scratching post. It’s an instinctive behavior that cats never lose. The scratching post should be tall enough that your cat should be able to really stretch when using it.
  6. Your Time –Take at least 10 minutes out of your day to play with your cat or allow them to curl up with you.

Keep in mind that behavioral problems can be caused by many things. Be sure to take your cat for regular checkups and vaccinations. A healthy kitty is a happy kitty.

How To Curb A Cat’s Anxiety

You may be surprised to learn cats can suffer from anxiety. In fact, cats can suffer from phobias, violent outbursts, impulse control, and even compulsive disorders.

Signs Your Cat May Be Suffering From Anxiety

There are several behaviors cats may display if they are experiencing anxiety. Some of these include scratching, biting, and going to the bathroom outside of the litterbox.

How To Treat Cat Anxiety

Cat, Kitten, Anxiety, separation anxietyBefore turning to drugs like Prozac (which can be prescribed for mentally unstable cats) you should first try to treat with environmental changes. Cats are predators and enjoy outdoor elements. Think about getting a fish tank, hanging a bird feeder outside of a window, get an automatic or robotic toy that resembles prey, or make a lofted perch. Another remedy is an empty paper bag, which cats love. Since cats are predators, you could also consider purchasing a puzzle feeder where cats can bat things around in order to get their food or treats.

Keep In Mind The Differences

You should also keep in mind that cats are not like dogs. They do not like excessive petting and that may be a cause of aggression.

According to Dr. E’Lise Christensen, a veterinary behaviorist with practices in Manhattan and Denver, you should not ascribe human emotions to a cat. Their behavior, especially urinating or defecating on your belongings is not because they are vindictive.

Anxiety issues with cats can be frustrating, but with a bit of patience and examination, they can be resolved.