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How to De- Stress your Cat

posted by Dr. Deb on September 29th, 2014 in Cats

Cats are prone to Stress / Anxiety– especially those in multi-cat households!  Here are some tips to help reduce your cat’s stress level.

  • 1.Create high places and private spaces for your cat
  • 2.Create a refuge where your cat can feel safe
  • 3.Follow these litter box tips:
    • Provide one per cat plus one additional in your home
    • Place in a location where there are multiple entries and exits if your home has more than one pet
    • Should be at least 1.5x your cat’s body length
    • Scoop at least once daily
    • Clean once a week with mild detergent, rinse and dry throughly then fill with clean litter
  • 4.Place litter boxes far from food bowls and in quiet places
  • 5.Praise good behavior – don’t punish your cat for accidents
  • 6.Give your cat something to scratch, which releases pheromones and makes her feel happy
  • 7.Keep her in shape – overweight cats can’t move or jump
  • 8.Create a play area with toys and other items to keep her active. Giving her things to hunt in the house helps relieve pent up needs.
  • 9.Indoor cats can get bored, so give yours a view of the world outside
  • 10.If you have more than one cat, make sure you have enough food, water, litter boxes and safe places for everyone
  • 11.Consider Feliway “happy kitty pheromones” in diffusers around the house or in your cat’s favorite room.
  • 12.Talk to your veterinarian about the following therapies:
  •      “Composure” Nutritional supplement with L- theanine
  •      “Anxitane” pharmaceutical concentration of L- theanine
  •      Hills c/d Multicare Stress formula food
  •      Psychoactive medications as a last resort
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