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Learn to recognize signs of stress to reduce your cat’s anxiety and encourage good behaviour.
Dilated pupils, twitchy tail movements, low stance, spiked hair, arched back, excessive grooming, ears cocked to the back, etc.: Learn to recognize signs of stress in your cat with the following advice from Dr. Isabelle Demontigny-Bédard, a behaviour veterinarian from the Passionimo team.
(Note: To facilitate discussions and help you to share this information with your friends and family, we also developed a printable poster explaining your pet’s non-verbal cues. Download the poster)
1- First, did you know that you play a crucial part in detecting signs of stress? Indeed, your ability to detect subtle cues in your pet’s behaviour early makes it possible to:
- Act quickly and attempt to change the situation and the pet’s emotional state.
- Remove your pet from the situation should signs of stress persist.
- Prevent the situation from worsening.
- Act as a good facilitator for your four-legged companion and guide any interactions with unfamiliar people.
2- Once you recognize the signs, try to ascertain the triggers, and limit your pet’s exposure to them until you can determine the best way to manage the issue. Of course, we recommend talking about it with your team of veterinarians.
3- Acting like a good pet parent is crucial not only to your cat’s physical but also psychological and mental health. To that end, Passionimo developed a few tools to help you to establish how your companion is adapting to your activities:
Two highly helpful evaluation questionnaires:
Relevant advice in times of change or frenzy:
- Holiday stress — Cats and dogs
- Is your pet now home alone? (post-vacation transition)
- Prepare your cat for the big move
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Passionimo veterinary clinic closest to you.