Please watch this PAWSOME video
by Jackson Galaxy!
"What you don’t know can hurt you, your home, and of course your cat! In this video, take a look at the 3 pillars of cat stressors which can manifest in various degrees but can lead to illness and behavioral blowback. I will discuss the signs to look for so that you can identify stress in your cats before it’s too late. Most importantly I will discuss what you can do to not only “fix problems” but prevent them from manifesting in the first place." - JG
Cats are sensitive creatures! They like routine and don’t cope well with changes in their environment. It’s not always easy to spot if your cat is anxious or stressed, but it’s important to act fast if you are to limit any physical or emotional distress symptoms.
If your cat has stopped eating, is behaving aggressively, spraying indoors, or hiding it could be a sign that they are stressed or unhappy. Many times we've encountered stress related cases & have seen success with Prozac (once vets have ruled out medical issues). Please don't give up & instead be your cat's advocate to find the source of the issue AND find a solution for both the cat & you.
Here are a few more articles explaining how to handle/deal with the aggression:
1. Aggression is a fairly common behavioral problem in cats.
2. Redirected Aggression is when a cat is excited by a stimulus but cannot respond directly, the cat may redirect his aggression toward a human or another cat.
Inappropriate urination is the most common behavioral problem reported by cat owners. It is a leading cause of cats being abandoned outdoors, left at shelters, and euthanized. There is no doubt that it is extremely frustrating to have a cat that is urinating on your carpeting, bedding, or clothing. Most cases of inappropriate elimination can be resolved, but it may take some detective work and adjustments to your household to achieve it.
Cats can suffer from anxiety disorders just as people and dogs can. They can experience generalized anxiety disorders or more specific anxiety issues caused by things like thunder, separation distress when their pet parents are not at home, or a change in the household routine/dynamic (ie: new baby, change in job hours, new person or new pet living in the house). The first step to relieving your cat’s anxiety is to talk to your vet, and then you can discuss the need for cat anxiety medications.
Interactive "Play Therapy" gets out energy, aggression, & their hunting instincts. Cats need the 3 R’s: Routine, Ritual, and Rhythm.
1. The “3 R’s”: Routine, Ritual, and Rhythm
2. Play Therapy:
a. “Boil & simmer” method of Pay Therapy
b. “Hunt, catch, kill” and then immediately feeding time afterwards.
3. Catification - What is Catification and why it’s crucial for your cat-loving home!