Although we think cats have nine lives, that does not change the fact that they are easily stressed. When your cat is stressed, you will probably notice that she will have urinary problems.
As pet parents, it is important that we know how to look out for stress-related urinary issues and know the ways on effectively managing them.
STRANGE URINARY BEHAVIORS
When your cats are okay, they are healthy, happy and just chilling their days out. They make use of their litter box when peeing and pooping. But your cat might be experiencing a great urinary stress when she shows any of the following:
Urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control)
Spraying in inappropriate areas of the house
Peeing outside the litter box
Showing pain when peeing/when trying to pee
Licking genital area constantly
Loss of appetite
Your cat will exhibit these symptoms when she’s already reached her stress limit. But moreover, whatever she may be showing, it is important to consult your veterinarian if an emergency visit is required or if you can just fix the problem at home.
If your cat has any of the above mentioned symptoms, it’s time for you to identify what is making her behave that way.
When did this urinary behavior started?
Have you recently changed her food? Her litter box?
Did you move to another place?
Did you rearrange your furniture at home?
Do you have any visitors that’s unfamiliar to her?
Do you have a new pet in the house?
Are there any stray cats around?
Cats are affectionate animals and have intimate relationships with their pet parents. So if you answered NO to all of these questions, you might want to include yourself in the picture. Are you stressed out? Are there any changes in your day-to-day activities? When a cat spots the changes in you, this stresses her out too!
Though some cats go through temporary stress and can adjust in a matter of time, other cats will remain stressed out if the stressors are not identified quickly. This can lead to more serious urinary problems.
HOW CAN YOU MANAGE THIS
If your cat is experiencing stress-related urinary issues, a visit to the vet is needed if you are unsure on what is exactly causing it.
You can also try things to help you improve the environment in your home, like making your house stray cats-free or giving your cats their own litter boxes and hiding spots.
It is also best recommended that you spend time with your cat and give her love and care to reduce her stress levels.
Managing your cat’s stress does not happen overtime, that’s why consistency is key. It is needed to help your cat feel more secure. While on the process, your cat will continue to exhibit urinary behaviors and it’s best to let her wear cat diapers. These diapers will prevent your cat from peeing in inappropriate areas in your house (keeping her away from destroying furniture, carpets and walls). The cat diapers will also save your sanity, preventing you from the stress of messy clean-ups and cat urine smell in your house.
By being a responsible pet parent that is well-prepared for exhausting situations when your cat shows signs of stress-related urinary behaviors, you can help her avoid more serious health problems and help her live nine healthier, happier lives. .