Stressed Cats

Stressed Cats

Monday, October 12, 2015 | NHS Behavior Department

Modern companion animals live longer lives surrounded by love and comfort, but modern living can also create stress for cats. They are restricted in space and often live with other cats, dogs and human family members. They may have fewer opportunities to engage in natural cat behavior or get the mental and physical stimulation that they need. Recognizing signs of stress and finding out ways to help them cope with modern day stressors will ensure a long and happy life. 

Signs of Stress

  • Urine Marking
  • Increased scratching activity
  • Litter box problems
  • Hiding
  • Decrease in activity
  • Increase or lack of grooming
  • Change in appetite or body condition

On-going stress can also lead to medical concerns, such as:

  • Recurring urinary tract disease
  • Poor body condition (obese or underweight)  
  • Hair loss 
  • If your cat displays any of these signs, make an appointment with your vet to rule out any medical concerns.

How to help

  • Create a cat-friendly environment that includes places to climb and scratch.
  • In multi-cat homes, provide separate feeding and litter box areas.
  • Set up multiple rest spots so the cats can have their own space.
  • Spend time each day interacting and playing with each of your cats. 


  • Using Feliway® can help cats feel more secure in their environment and reduce stress-related behaviors. 
  • Available as a spray, wipe or diffuser, Feliway® is a convenient option for any situation. 
  • Try using Feliway® for situations such as first coming home, during travel or boarding, thunderstorms, fireworks, and in multi-cat homes.     

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