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How To Tell If My Cat Has Anxiety

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Tell If My Cat Has Anxiety

Do you want to know if your cat is suffering from anxiety? Does he seem different? Are you worried? Let us explain how to tell if your pet is suffering from symptoms of anxiety. This will depend not only on your cat's tendencies but also the nature of what causes this nervousness. It is essential to know the ins and outs of your cat's daily routine, as well as all aspects of your pet's life in order to determine the factors that come into play. Here at we are going to explain how to tell if your cat has anxiety.

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One of the most obvious signs that your cat is suffering from anxiety is behavioural changes. Aggressiveness or increased alertness are important symptoms. You will notice that your cat is more irritated andsensitive than normal, and that he reacts more abruptly to what is going on around him.

Another common symptom is marking his territory with urine or faeces, which is why your cat will start to urinate or defecate outside of his litter tray. One final habit that you will notice, which is very common in cats with anxiety, is that your cat will start to be more compulsive in his grooming habits, resulting in sores and alopecia. Alopecia may not necessarily be a symptom of anxiety, and dermatological diseases must be ruled out in order to dismiss psychogenic alopecia.

How To Tell If My Cat Has Anxiety - Step 1

Another symptom that your cat may experience if suffering from anxiety is the famous feline hyperesthesia syndrome. This condition involves the contraction of core back muscles by way of spasms, increased vocalization and self-mutilation of the fur or skin. It is normal for your cat to bite its tail; this symptom may be an indication of other diseases such as arthritis or pruritus. It is therefore important to take your cat to the vet in order to rule out various conditions.


There are also other negative symptoms of anxiety that result in your cat having a certain degree of passivity towards his environment or even a loss of interest in what is going on around him. You will notice that your cat has less of a desire to explore and investigate his surroundings. If your cat has anxiety you will see that he hardly moves or investigates anything. Moreover, he will not really want to play, showing less interest and initiative in the game.

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There are further symptoms that may indicate that your cat is suffering from anxiety. You will notice a loss in appetite. This sort of behaviour can be a result of anxiety, depression or many other diseases, but it is very important for your vet to examine your cat as soon as possible due to the imminent danger of it becoming dehydrated or suffering symptoms of fatty liver disease.

Cat with anxiety also spend more time resting and isolated in order to avoid being disturbed. Finally, another common symptom is a change in posture, indicating that your cat is feeling nervous, such as having his tail low and close to the body, dilated pupils, his head below the arch of his back and walking in a crouched manner.

How To Tell If My Cat Has Anxiety - Step 4

It is important to be very attentive to your cat's behaviour and to know absolutely everything about your cat's past in order to find out or anticipate his potential response to changes to his surroundings. The way your pet interacts with other animals, people and how he responds to events will give you a very clear idea about what your cat is like and will help to identify what causes your pet's anxiety.

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