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Is Your Cat Exhibiting These 5 Symptoms Of Stress?

Cats like all other creatures can experience stress.
 
Since they don’t speak, it can be a challenge for us indentured servants to the feline, to decipher what exactly is going on.

 
For example, one of my cats Fitbit tends to Stress Shed.  Yup it is a thing.
 
She sheds incredible chunks of hair when we get in the car.  A fear of leaving a comfortable place such as home and going somewhere unknown.  Just clumps of hair all over the car and all over me. I can’t even see when this happens.
 
So here are 5 common symptoms that cats can exhibit when stressed:
 
  1. Loss of fur.   This can be a stress shed or ferocious licking
  2. Diarrhea which results in weight loss
  3. Urinary tract diseases
  4. Soiling and urinating indoors but outside of the litter box
  5. Aggression
 
Anxiety can happen for a variety of reasons and I feel it is important to understand where the anxiety is coming from so that we can address the root cause and avoid the same situation in the future.
 
Feline anxiety can be associated with:
  1. Fear
  2. Separation
  3. Aging
 
Cats hate change!   They hate it.  They dislike anything that is different and they fear things that are unfamiliar with.  Look, my cats don’t have stranger danger.  They will approach any person whether they know them or not.  But they dislike the car and both of my Siberians will shed like mad.  Clumps of hair everywhere.  Stress shed.   
 
Cats also bond really well to their hoomins.  In fact, they may bond to hoomins better than dogs!  
 
That means even though they may not greet you at the door or may not respond to when you call them, they do really miss you.  When you are gone all day, they miss you.  They miss torturing you, swatting your things off the counter and stealing shiny things.
 
Age.  As animals age, they become weaker, slower and sometimes they may experience cognitive issues.  Age can stress anyone out.  I worry about my wrinkles lol but truly when my dogs and cats got really old, they seemed to forget they needed to go potty and then get lost and then lose their bowels.   I could tell they felt bad and I didn’t have the heart to discipline them.  What can you do?   Right?
 
There are oils that I use to help balance emotions, induce calm and when my guys got old, I stimulated their cognitive functions.
 
It was actually just in the last 2 years that my family parted with our 3 English Shepherds…Riddick, Kratos and Blade.  Watching them age was really hard and I want to share with you what helped me in that journey, especially with aging and anxious pets.

Photo of my English Shepherd boys!

Let’s talk about anxious feelings.
This is a body’s natural response to stress.
 
The first thing that I recommend is to bring BALANCE to emotions by stimulating tranquility and harmony.
  1. The Balance blend is a grounding blend and can be diffused by itself.  It was designed to create a calming and soothing environment and sensation.  
  2. I like add Lavender to encourage further calm and relaxation.
When I leave for the day, I use the following recipe:
Diffuse Balance and Lavender, equal parts.
 
In a 50 ml diffuser, I would use ~4 drops of each.
In a 500 ml diffuser, if the space is big and open (1000sqft) I would use 20 drops of each.


You see, Lavender contains Linalool which binds to the serotonin transporter, affecting mood and sleep.
  1. When I like my pets to sleep instead of run midnight races I also add Serenity which contains lavender and vetiver which has mild sedative properties.
  2. When my pets looked ‘lost’ in their old age, I would add Console to the mixture, sometimes rubbing it on the chest and belly to give them quick relief.
When I am home and I would like to wind down for the night rather than witch with my cats, I use the following recipe:
Diffuse Balance, Lavender and Serenity, equal parts.

In a 50 ml diffuser, I would use ~4 drops of each.
In a 500 ml diffuser, if the space is big and open (1000sqft) I would use 20 drops of each.


When we’ve had a rough day and/or my older pets need relief I use the following recipe:
Diffuse Balance, Lavender and Serenity equal parts.  Add Console.
Add 2 drops of Console to diffuser.

In a 50 ml diffuser, I would use ~4 drops of each.  Add 2 drops of Console to diffuser.
 In a 500 ml diffuser, if the space is big and open (1000sqft) I would use 20 drops of each.   Add 2 drops of Console to diffuser.
 
Use Console Touch to rub on the chest of my dogs.
Use Console Touch to ear tip my cats.

These were two of my sweet girls, always so relaxed!



Stay tuned for what you can give your pets orally to help with fear anxiety, especially fireworks!


XXOO  

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