Signs of Anxiety In Cats

Just like people, cats can suffer from stress and anxiety. Major changes, such as moving, can be purrticularly hard on kitties. Fluffy may also not get along with another pet, or may be unsettled by noise or commotion. Your feline pal can’t tell you how she feels, so you’ll need to watch for clues. Read on as a London, ON vet lists some warning signs that your kitty is feeling stressed.


Cats all have their own unique personalities. Some are pretty mellow, while others go into fight-or-flight mode at the sound of a paper bag crinkling. If Fluffy is biting, hissing, growling, or acting aggressive, anxiety may be fueling her angst.

Litterbox Woes

If your cat has suddenly started avoiding her litterbox, anxiety may be to blame. (We know this is frustrating, but do not punish Fluffy for her slip up, especially near her box. That will only increase her anxiety.)


It’s not unusual for cats to curl up for a nap in quiet, secluded spots. However, if Fluffy doesn’t want to leave her spot, and/or seems uncomfortable out in the open, stress could be the culprit.

Poor Grooming

Kitties are usually fairly diligent about their beauty routines. If Fluffy’s fur starts looking greasy, matted, or tangled, stress could be the cause. Of course, sometimes cats react the opposite way, and over-groom themselves. This can result in thinning fur, skin problems, and other issues.

Dietary Changes

Stress can have a pretty powerful impact on kitty appetites. Fluffy may eat more or less than usual if she feels anxious. Stress can also cause or contribute to vomiting.

Different Vocalizations

Kitties all have their own unique (and adorable) voices. Changes in the sound, volume, or frequency of Fluffy’s meows can be indicative of stress. For example, if your furball is usually talkative, but suddenly won’t speak at all, she may be stressed.


Stress isn’t much of a mood boost for people. This is also true for cats. Anxiety can make Fluffy uncharacteristically cranky!


These symptoms can all be indicative of medical issues, as well as stress. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, call your vet and schedule an exam. Once health problems are ruled out, you can focus on helping Fluffy relax and feel more secure.

Please contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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