This quote by Charles Dickens perfectly sums up the relationship between humans and felines. Cats can make the best companions but they are often plagued by anxiety.
If your feline friend is displaying signs of discomfort, you might be wondering how to treat cat anxiety. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to show your cat some love.
Keep reading for our top 3 tips for treating your cat’s anxiety holistically.
Create a Safe Environment
One of the best things you can do to ease cat anxiety is to create a safe environment.
Make sure your cat always has access to water. You may choose to free feed or feed on a schedule. If your cat is stress eating, feeding on a schedule can help control the effects of overeating.
If you have other animals in the house, make sure your cat feels comfortable eating their food. For example, you might consider investing in a dog proof cat feeder to make sure your cat’s dinner is not stolen by their canine companions.
Create a relaxing environment including places for your cat to hide and climb. Cats love climbing to high ground, so invest in a cat tree or “catify” your space by making sure your kitty has somewhere to escape when they are feeling anxious.
You can discourage destructive behavior and help your kitty get some nervous energy out by getting them a scratching post.
Try Stress Relieving Remedies
If your cat is displaying signs of anxiety like over-grooming and stress eating, you might want to take them to the vet to rule out an underlying medical condition. Your veterinarian can also help you by suggesting personalized suggestions for your feline friend.
Some ideas that you could try include calming shirts, CBD oil for cats, calming treats, and diffusers that release relaxing pheromones. Remember that some natural remedies for humans with anxiety, like essential oils, are toxic to cats.
When cats have anxiety, they can have a lot of pent-up energy. Working with them to release this energy in a controlled manner can reduce their anxiety symptoms.
Cats have two favorite things – eating and hunting. When cats are kept as pets and fed from a bowl, they don’t get the experience of hunting their prey. They need exercise to stimulate their mind and body.
Fortunately, there are tons of toys out there that as designed to do just that. Look for puzzle toys that are interactive.
Spending time each day playing with your kitty can strengthen your bond and reduce their anxiety.
Learning How to Treat Cat Anxiety is Easier Than You Think
With these easy tips, you will be well equipped to treat cat anxiety.
Cats view the world in a unique way. Imagine what your cat may be thinking is the easiest way to understand what is triggering them.
Remember not to make too many changes at once as cats are especially sensitive to change and this can make anxiety worse. With a little time and effort, your kitty will thank you.
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