Just like some people become stressed out more easily than others, the same is true for cats. Felines who are more affected by stress may begin to display behaviors such as overgrooming and urinating outside of the litter box. They may also suffer negative health effects such as weight loss and a loss of appetite. If you have a cat who is prone to stress, here are a few natural ways you can help them to relax and take life in stride.
That's right — there are acupuncturists who work on pets, too! Acupuncture usually involves the insertion of tiny needles at certain points along the body, known as meridians. The placement of these needles helps re-direct the flow of energy through the body, which can lead to relaxation and relief from stress-related health problems like aches and fatigue. If your cat does not tolerate the needle placement, the acupuncturist can instead use a protocol known as acupressure, in which he or she just applies pressure with the fingers to certain points.
For best results, look for a veterinarian who offers acupuncture services. This way, you can be sure that the treatment your cat gets is safe and effective. Most cats will need regular treatments every month or so in order to manage their stress and stress-related symptoms. Contact a company like the Downing Center For Animal Pain Management to learn more about pet acupuncture.
Pheromones are natural hormones that animals, including cats, release when they are feeling a certain way. If certain pheromones are present in the air, they will trigger your cat to relax and feel more at ease. You can buy prepared products that include pheromones at most pet stores. You spray them around your cat's living area, such as on their bed and toys, and they help encourage your cat to stay relaxed and less stressed. Note that you may need to re-apply the spray every day or at least a few times per week to see an effect.
Peace and Quiet
These days, so many homes are busy with friends and family coming to visit, children running about, and several pets meandering through the place. Cats tend to like peace and quiet. It's possible that your home environment is worsening your cat's stress-related issues. So, do what you can to make your home a calmer, quieter place. Hold parties in the yard instead of in the home. Set up at least one room that's comfortable, quiet, and free of other pets and children so your cat has a place to retreat when feeling overwhelmed.