Over time and again, uncountable deaths and high-end maladies have been precisely blamed on Stress. When one experiences migraines or performs poorly at work, the first and foremost excuse to pop up in mind is stress. So, what is stress? Stress is the response with which one’s body reacts to threats or specific demands. More often than not, the quick body response is as a result of an imminent danger which stimulates your body’s defense system through a process commonly dubbed as “Fight-or-Flight.”
Though commonly associated with human beings, stress in animals is not something unheard of. Despite having a minute intelligent quotient, they often find themselves confined within the murky waters of stress. Unlike you and I who always find comfort in taking one or two for the road whenever this menace strikes, cats have no shoulder to lean on. Therefore, their mode of reaction to stress is by far and widely different from yours. However, the side effects of stress in cats are in one way or the other correlated to the effects on humans.
Cats have their own form of intelligence that brings out the adorable features in them. As any pet owner would tell you, they are always unique in depicting a perfect reflection of love and comfort. From their small innocent eyes to the curly furs, cats reminisce a life full of rife. Despite being a man’s friend, they are also prone to the adverse effects of stress. One notable point I have noted petting my Garfield is that he is always upbeat whenever a new being docks at my home. Is this the same with your little friend?
Growing up, I witnessed something peculiar about cat’s characters during a holiday that is still fresh in my mind. My late friend and confidant cat, Cinderella, was always unpredictable whenever the holiday seasons drew nearer. Despite having stayed together for over two years, I completely lost control over her during Christmas and other festivities that required key changes on our surroundings. It goes without saying that holidays call for insurmountable celebrations that spark a complete overhaul of our environment. This meant a new world for my little cutie. But little did I know that contrary to my expectations, the festivities were a pain in the flesh for Cinderella. Before I realized the mess meted upon her, the damage was already done.
For this sole reason, I embarked on a mission to mitigate such an incident from reoccurring. The research saw me engage different professionals in matters pet rearing, and the info I acquired can be equated to none. First and foremost, the age factor in cats, which never crossed my mind before, turned out to be one of the key considerations to make before setting out on a holiday with cats. This affects their adaptability to a new environment, and at the same time ensuring that their comfort is guaranteed. Cat’s age groups are split into three namely kitten cats, adult cats and senior cats based on their age.
Holiday Stress in Kittens
A cat is considered to be a kitten from the onset of birth to when they hit the one year mark. Though kittens grow and develop in supersonic speeds, handling them is naturally a daunting task. From keeping them warm to ensure that they are well fed, this is the period that shapes their future life. Just like a toddler, the new environment gives them a leeway through which they embark on a survival mission. By crawling and moving from one point to another, kittens might find themselves in deep trouble should they get into unmanned danger-imminent areas.
How do you tell that your cat has tampered with dangerous matter? Well, there are many ways in which you can single out a stressed cat from the perfectly fine ones. You should immediately contact a vet should your cat diarrhea, vomit or emanate behaviors that are lethargic. To mitigate this, all foods must never be left unattended since prevention is better than cure.
Holiday Stress in Adult Cats
A cat is considered to be an adult when they hit the one year mark. However, they might still be engraved in their previous mischievous deeds as kittens. During this period, they still want to dominate the activities around them whether indoors or outdoors. My Garfield tends to surpass everyone around him all day, and on the other side prefers to knuckle all my precious decorations.
When all is said and done for him, after terrorizing everyone around, he retires back underneath the decorations especially the Christmas tree where he takes a very rife nap. Based on his tendency to engage any minute thing in his sight, I would vehemently recommend that you place precious belongings away from them. In a bid to keep them engaged and minimize the risks brought about by their unmonitored activities, the best remedy is to place safe ornaments within their reach. However, one must always keep a closer look at them in case they ingest small valuables that might be lodged in their stomach and intestines.
Holiday Stress in Senior Cats
Senior cats are said to be over two years old and at this point, it would be ideal to consider them fully matured. Having witnessed almost every activity during their development stages, senior cats tend to be conversant with the new environment they are subjected to during holidays. Contrary to previous altercations, they tend to be comfortable with new visitors, a move which is mainly based on their old age.
As cats grow old, so do their body systems. Slowly by slowly, they tend to lose their hearing and vision abilities. Though this might be disheartening for cat owners and lovers, it always comes as a blessing in disguise for the pets. Blurred vision and poor hearing mean that they are not easily distracted by loud music and surroundings. Therefore, this makes them peaceful and less prone to stress. However, you must put into consideration the people around your cat. Some may force affection on them, and this may not ogre well with the cats. Always deter them from doing so as it might lead to your cat being disoriented and upbeat about the surroundings.
How to Calm Your Cats Even When Not In Holidays
Once you notice that your cat is under immense pressure and stress, it is prudent to be there for them. Just like human beings resort to friends for reassurance, so do cats. Whenever they are freaking afraid, always be there for them physically. Once they build love and trust in you, they will without a doubt feel relieved and spring back to normalcy.
Providing a cozy and safe environment also plays a critical role in making your cat feel relaxed and loved. Not only does this reassure their worth, but also give them a leeway through which they take quick naps. Engaging them in regular plays may also relieve them, but you should always watch out if they are comfortable.
Music is by far and wide the sole way to the human heart. Playing soft music tends to relax the mind and allowing a smooth functioning of the body systems. Cats, in the same manner, are sensitive to cool music. If done in the right manner, this soothes them into taking short relaxed naps that go a long way in washing off the clogged stress in their minds.
Despite the above mentioned being a remedy for stress management, the buck stops at identifying the root cause of your cat’s stress. This gives you ample field on which to base your medication. However, one should source for advice from qualified veterinary before administering any stress management drugs.
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