Identifying Anxiety in Cats
A 2012 survey of cat owners reported that 24% of cats suffer from at least one anxiety or fear issue and that 67% of cats with anxiety go untreated. It is thought that the high rate of untreated cats is due to a lack of knowledge of the owner in the recognition of some of the signs of anxiety in cats. The signs of cat anxiety range from very obvious to very subtle, so it is important to pay attention to your cat’s behavior, appearance, etc. in order to determine if cat anxiety is at play.
The signs of anxiety in cats include:
- Urination or Defecation outside of the litter box
- Excessive Vocalization
- Excessive Grooming
- Chewing or Suckling
- Dilated Pupils
- Hyperactivity or Increased Attention Seeking
- Hypervigilance or Hyperresponsiveness to Stimulus
Cat anxiety may originate from upbringing, changes in environment, separation from owner, the addition of new pets, visitors, or be genetic in origin. Especially with all of the triggers that the cat just experienced over the holidays (guests, parties, different schedules, etc.) you will want to keep a close eye on their behavior and if anxiety continues. Or perhaps you were one of the pet owners that got a new pet addition to the family over the holiday season (if so, you may not have read our blog) – if this is the case, your cat could be experiencing some of the above symptoms or could begin to soon.
What to do about cat anxiety?
If or when you notice these cat anxiety behaviors, you have several options: veterinary pharmaceuticals, other means of behavior modification, and now, natural support provided by hemp and L-theanine for calm mental health.
Hemp Extract and L-Theanine Provides Nutritional Support for Mental Health and a Calmer Cat Hemp Extract – these natural molecules found in Hemp Extract have been shown to act through one or more of the Endocannabinoid System and the Serotonin System to restore mood balance and promote a calm demeanor. These studies have significantly reduced anxiety in mouse, rat, and human model systems for generalized and stress-induced anxiety, compulsive behavior, and conditioned fear models.
L-Theanine – L-Theanine is a natural amino acid produced by the Green Tea plant. In humans, L-Theanine produces mental and physical relaxation. Specifically, a clinical trial has shown L-Theanine mitigates the symptoms of anxiety in cats.
To put it briefly, while our cats may seem aloof and independent, they experience anxiety as well. Our cats just express their anxiety in ways that are often unnoticed. Pay attention and the next time you begin to see the behaviors associated with anxiety in cats, know that you have natural ways to support good mental health and a happier kitty.
Keep an eye on the Therabis site for the release of our new treat supplements for cats! They will come in several cat-approved flavors such as salmon, chicken, and even cat nip. If you are a dog owner as well and have tried out the Calm & Quiet product for dogs, you are likely aware of what a difference it can make both for the owner and the pet.