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Cat Anxiety

Saturday, July 9, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

cathidingMy younger cat Millie is very “skiddish.” If someone comes to the door, she darts off and hides under a bed. If I make too much noise, off she goes. Any minor disturbance at all sends her running. Why is she so anxious?  She has a great home, plenty of cat toys, several cozy cat beds, she gets cat treats every evening and she is very loved. I believe that in our particular case, Millie’s anxiety actually was caused by our older cat Molly. We had Molly seven years before we adopted Millie, Molly is the dominate cat intimidating Millie every chance she can. This is what I believe caused Mille to become very anxious.

Pet Med has put together a description of cat anxiety along with symptoms:’

Most fears, phobias, and anxieties develop at the onset of social maturity, from 12 to 36 months of age. A profound form of fear and withdrawal of unknown cause often occurs around eight to ten months of age. Old-age-onset separation anxiety of unknown cause may be a variant of a decline in thinking, learning, and memory in elderly pets.

Symptoms and Types

Fears and anxieties – variable signs: diagnosis may be made only on the basis of nonspecific signs for which no identifiable stimulus is present
Mild fears: signs may include trembling, withdrawal, hiding, reduced activity, and passive escape behaviors
Panic: signs may include active escape behavior, and increased, out-of-context, potentially injurious motor activity.
Classic signs of sympathetic autonomic nervous system activity due to stress, including diarrhea that may be diagnosed as inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome
Anxieties: lesions secondary to anxious behavior (such as licking and biting at the self)

Millie occasionally panics,runs away and hides however,I do believe that she is getting a bit better since we moved down here to Delaware. She has claimed more space as hers  plus Molly is older now and doesn’t really intimidate her that much anymore.

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