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Routine changes that upset your cat

Sunday, August 14, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats don’t like change. Last week, I was at my place in Delaware with my cats.  I always take my younger cat, Millie’s cat bed down. On my way home,  I realized that I left her bed at the house in Delaware. When I got home, I went to Target and got her another bed that was more comfortable than the one that I left down in Delaware. She wouldn’t go near it. She gave it lots of sniffs but wouldn’t get in it. It took about two days for her to finally accept this minor change in her little life.

Cats don’t like to vary their routine. They prefer the status quo .  Changes to their routine such as moving to a new place, welcoming holiday visitors, or adopting a new pet could really get your cat bend out of shape and leave her feeling stressed and anxious.  Boredom could also cause anxiety. Signs of stress include not using the litter box properly, non stop grooming, hiding under the bed for hours on end or becoming aggressive.

To limit the stress to your cat, make any changes as gradual as possible. Give her as much time as possible to adjust to new situations.  If your cat shows ongoing signs of stress, consult your veterinarian.  Remember, your pets count!

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