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Anxiety in cats and dogs

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Seeing your pet feeling anxious isn't a nice experience as an owner, so read our advice below on how you can help them stay calm and safe.
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Anxiety in cats

Despite their confident reputation, cats can actually be very sensitive souls. Sometimes a small change in their routine or surroundings can cause stress or anxiety. We need to know them well and watch them carefully to understand what they are telling us. 

Some behaviours to look for include:

  • Hiding or withdrawing from attention
  • Fleeing or startling easily
  • Changes in grooming 
  • Changes in appetite
  • Change in sleeping habits. Often when seemingly asleep a stressed cat will not be fully relaxed, with tense muscles, lying without exposing their belly and paws kept in contact with the ground
  • Increased facial rubbing
  • Scratching furniture
  • Urine spraying
  • Aggression; growling, hissing, scratching or biting

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Anxiety in dogs

Dogs exhibit different signs of stress depending on the dog and on the stressful situation. 

Typical signs of stress a dog can show are: 


  • Ears back 
  • Excessive panting 
  • Drooling 
  • Shaking 
  • Hiding away 
  • Barking excessively 
  • Messing in the house
  • Licking lips
  • Tail between legs

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Speak to the team at your local Companion Care practice for advice on managing anxiety in pets.

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