Franklin Vets Blog

Stressed out cats

October 10, 2019

At this time of the year, with the mating season upon us, we see a lot more fighting and a lot more stressed cats. stressed catEven though your cat may be desexed, unneutered toms can have a large territory of up to 10km and are on the prowl fighting for mates and more territory. This stress can lead to behavioural issues such as spraying in the house but also some stress-induced medical conditions such as bladder issues or gastrointestinal issues.

While we can’t easily stop these cats from coming into our cat’s territory, there are some ways we can make our cats feel more secure and reduce their stress naturally to make them a bit happier.

Feliway is a synthetic pheromone that is a copy of the facial pheromone cats leave from their cheek cells when rubbing against things when they are calm and secure. Smelling this pheromone then works on the cat’s brain to calm them and make them feel less anxious.Feliway diffuser

The Royal Canin Calm diet contains ingredients that help increase the amount of calming neurotransmitters in the brain. The main ingredient is a milk-derived protein that is responsible for milk drunk babies. This diet does take from 10 days to 4 weeks to have its full effect but is a great option for cats who get easily stressed a lot of the time or have ongoing stress-induced conditions.Royal Canin Calm dietCalmex

Calmex is a liquid product that can be added to the cat’s food or given orally at times of stress or daily for ongoing issues. The main ingredient is Kava but it also contains other ingredients that promote calming neurotransmitters in the brain.

If you have concerns that your cat may be stressed out, come discuss options for treatment with your friendly Franklin Vets team.

Dr Nikki Frost, BSc, BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) Senior Veterinarian at Franklin Vets