Restless and anxious cat: five ways to calm him down
Cats are very sensitive and may suffer from anxiety for various reasons, such as changes in the environment, loud noises, visits to the vet, or the presence of other animals.
Anxiety can manifest itself in many forms, including recurrent urinary tract disorders, excessive meowing, loss of appetite, excessive grooming, or other compulsive or aggressive behaviors.
To help your cat feel calmer and safer, here are some tips.
Create a comfortable and clean environment. Make sure your cat has a space where he can rest, play and hide in peace. Make sure bowls (for water and food) are clean as well as the litter box.
Respect her need for independence. Do not force your cat to interact with you or others if he does not want to. Let him decide when and how to approach you and others. Pet and cuddle him only when he is relaxed and receptive. Avoid lifting your cat or putting him in situations that may frighten or upset him.
Find time to play with him. Play is good for the cat's mental health. The most suitable games, in this case are those that keep him active and prompt him to movement: avvero balls and mice, tunnels and scratching posts.
Gradually introduce new things. If you have to take your cat to a new place, such as a friend's house or the vet, prepare him in advance. Get him used to the carrier by leaving it open in the house and putting blankets or treats inside. During the trip, cover the carrier with a towel to reduce external stimuli. Once he arrives at his destination, let your cat explore the environment and offer him positive rewards.
Consult your veterinarian. If your cat shows signs of persistent or severe anxiety, he or she may have a health problem or behavioral condition that requires specific treatment. Your veterinarian can rule out any medical causes and advise you on the most appropriate treatment.
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