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Does your cat suffer from anxiety?

March 18, 2019 | by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk | Pets

There are many factors that could make your pet anxious; going on holiday, going to a cattery, new babies joining the family, loud noises, the neighbour’s cats or dogs and even… going to the vets! The good news is that there are many things you can do to help your pet with anxiety.

Cats are excellent at disguising anxiety, signs to take note of are spraying, under or overeating and excessive grooming. Cats like to hide when they are anxious, providing a variety of cosy hiding spots (especially up high) will help them to relax. Cats are territorial animals and keeping your home, their core territory, quiet, calm and introducing changes gradually is key. Calming music, toys and treats can also be used as a distraction. Using a pheromone diffuser (at HNVG we stock Feliway® diffusers) to help create a happy home environment. Identify where you cat spends the majority of its time and plug in the diffuser, this will ensure your cat gets a continuous flow of pheromones in their favourite room.

Summer holidays, great for you, but can lead to stress for your pet!
If you are planning a holiday and are going to put your cat in a cattery then you can send them with their favourite toys, a blanket that smells of home, their normal treats & a pheromone diffuser. This will help them settle into new surroundings.

If you are worried about your pet’s health then contact your vet. At HNVG, RVN & Pet Behaviourist Vicki Harrington, can work with you to help your cat feel more at home. Contact us today if you would like more information or to make an appointment.

Written by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk

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