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10 Signs Your Cat Could Be Stressed

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Stress can make us do crazy things, and it can affect our cats just as easily. While they don't have the same causes of stress we humans do such as work, money, and relationships, there are many other things in your cat's life and environment that can cause stress. How do you know if he's stressed? Luckily, cats show certain unusual behavior when something is bothering them, behavior that you might easily notice.

Here are 10 tell-tale behavioral signs from PetMD that your cat could be stressed out:

  1. Urinating Outside of the Litter Box
    If your cat is usually very good about keeping it in the box and you notice he's decided to urinate it other places around the house, he's probably trying to tell you something.
  2. Going Too Much, or Not Enough
    Diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive problems are not pleasant for you or your cat, and could be indicative of several possible things.
  3. Licking Til Fur is Gone
    Cats are known to groom themselves carefully and often, but no animal should lick to the point of bald patches or raw skin. This is a clear sign of stress, and should call for a trip to the vet instead of the groomer.
  4. Overly Scratching
    Too much scratching of himself can be just as bad as compulsive licking.
  5. Hiding From the Humans
    Cats are naturally aloof, but a cat that actively hides from you and everyone else in the house is likely hiding out of stress. Time to get him into a cat carrier and have a vet take a look.
  6. Talking More Than Ever
    Some cats are talkers, while others speak more rarely. If his meows are unusually long, panicked, or happening in recurring bouts, he's literally trying to tell you something. Your vet should be able to "crack the kitty language code".
  7. Eating Less or Not at All
    Humans may fast and go on diets, but cats are always going to be regular eaters--unless something is wrong. You'll want to see a vet very soon, especially if he stops eating entirely.
  8. Napping All Day & All Night
    They CAN sleep up to 20 hours per day, but that doesn't mean all cats will. No one knows your cat's sleeping schedule better than you. If you notice him suddenly sleeping more or being very lethargic, it could be stressed induced.
  9. Starting Fights with Other Pets
    They play rough, but real aggression between animals that are usually peaceful cohabitants of your home could be a sign that one of them is stressed or ill.
  10. Getting Aggressive with YOU
    Your favorite fluffy lap warmer decided to get aggressive with you? Try not to get personally offended. Stressed and sick animals may get suddenly aggressive with the humans they love, too. If this happens, it may be best to consult your vet quickly, before it gets out of hand.