Cats like to be in control of their environment.
Cats carefully mark their home environment using facial pheromones, therefore, if we remove or disrupt these marks by moving furniture, bringing in a new item, excessive cleaning, building work, DIY etc we can disorientate our cats and in some cases bring on stress.
Unfortunately, as a prey species cats have developed ways of hiding any weakness, including, stress. Cats may show very little sign that they are upset and the signs they do show (being so different from those displayed by more social species like dogs and people) are commonly misinterpreted as bad or ‘naughty’ behaviour rather than a cry for help.
Signs to look out for include:
So what are stressful situations for cats? Taking your cat away from its territory can be extremely frightening for them and can completely disorient our feline friends. Such as:
Visiting the vets. Click here to find out more.
Moving home. Click here to find out more.
Mulit-Cat Households. Click here to find out more.
New Furniture & Redecorating. Click here to find out more.
At the Cattery. Click here to find out more.
Cat Carrier. Click here to find out more.
Use Feliway in these situations to replace facial pheromone to help the cat adjust to the new environment. How do I use Feliway?
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As well as taking cats away from their territory bringing new arrivals into their territory can also be a stressful experience. Cats are “sole survivors” and would not live in groups in the wild therefore living in groups in a domestic situation can also cause problems. The most common problem is multi-cat tension.