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The most common behavioral issues I see are from cats mirroring their guardian’s stress. Stress comes in many forms and it doesn’t always have to be a bad news. What might be exciting news like a new boyfriend, a wedding, graduation party or dream vacation, may stress a cat out from the changes leading up to and beyond the event.
Change is the sign of the times but cats don’t like sudden change. Some cats, like some humans are more resilient to change and manage stress well. Cats exhibit stress in many ways, from over-grooming, aggression to litter box issues. Some cats experience a stress response from humans and children yelling, arguing, workmen or delivery persons in the home or yard, any unusually loud noise or music, noisy renovations, landscapers, gardeners, painters, new wall-to-wall carpet (toxic off-gassing of synthetic fibers), replacing old furniture with new additions especially pieces where cats like to perch or nap, new scents, changes of food or litter locations, changes in their guardian’s work or school schedules. The list is endless. Most cats adjust to change but my goal is to create awareness and prevent stress.
This is the classic Holmes and Rahe stress chart. It might provide some insight into hidden stresses and prompt healthy lifestyle changes. A stressed human doesn’t have to equal stressed cat. The best de-stresser for cats and humans is regular consistent inter-active play, petting and snuggling with your cat.