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Anxiety in Cats

Despite their confident reputation, cats can actually be very sensitive souls.

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Sometimes a small change in their routine or surroundings can cause stress or anxiety. Research and understanding in this area has increased within the last decade allowing us to treat feline behavioural problems more effectively.

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How to know if your cat is anxious

Cats show signs of stress and anxiety in very individual ways. Therefore, their facial expressions, body language and emotions can be subtle. 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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Keeping your pet safe this Halloween

Halloween is a time for fun and games for most families but it can pose certain threats and risks to our pets.


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How you can help

  • Provide one water bowl, one food bowl and one litter tray per cat, and then add one spare one too. Make sure there is at least a metre between each of these.

  • Offer plenty of cat scratchers. Cats will naturally scratch upon entering a room before settling down. Therefore, one in each room, near a doorway is ideal. 

  • Make sure there are plenty of places available for your cat to sleep or hide in peace. Add a comfy bed, blanket or towel to private places such as the top of a wardrobe, under a bed, behind a sofa or on a shelf.

  • Provide high, accessible areas such as shelves and the tops of furniture for your cat. This will allow them to feel safe whilst still being able to watch and feel included in the family.

  • Keep exits and entrances to where food, water, litter trays, sleeping areas and cat flaps are located as clear as possible.

  • Leave internal doors open wherever possible. If you have young children or a dog, consider using baby gates to allow private access to ‘safe’ areas for your cat.

  • Use feline pheromones (e.g. Feliway) as recommended by your vet or vet nurse who may advise using a prescription diet or supplements which help reduce anxiety and stress.
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Helping your cat cope with firework season

Although loud noises are very frightening for cats too, they don’t always seem to show as many behavioural changes as dogs do. The bigger problem for cats is often stress caused by changes to their environment or routine, especially when they are used to being outdoors and this changes to being kept in the house more.


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Helping your cat cope with the festive season

Christmas is a great time to catch up with all the family, but your cat might not be as keen to see lots of new faces in their home. Make sure they have a quiet place to retreat to. 


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