Cats in Quarantine
Hi there! It’s been a while since you last heard from me so let me introduce myself again. My name is Faye and like Scooter and Ed, I’m here to give you all sorts of great information especially about cats. With all the changes happening, I took time out of my busy cat life to write a little bit.
Staying at home with my owners has been a big change in my life and I’m sure in your cats’ lives too. We love you having you around more and getting to cozy up even more. Some of the changes are a little stressful though. Every cat is different in the amount of attention we enjoy. Some of us can become stressed with the increase in attention. I, for one, need my alone time. My owners are great at allowing me to have it even when I know they want nothing more than to pet and play with me all day.
Since most cats can’t speak English like me, let me share with you some ways cats tell you they’re stressed. One way many cats show this is by grooming a lot more. If you see your cat licking themselves, or a lot more hairballs around, it could be a sign your cat is stressed. You also might see us eating less or more than we usually do. Sometimes, our stomachs will get upset and you will see us throw up or use our litter box more.
Cats aren’t always the clearest communicators since we don’t speak your language. Be sure to pay close attention to changes we might have. This is the best way to know if we’re stressed about the changes happening during this time or ever. Cats communicating could be as simple as us acting differently, or hiding so we can be alone. Again, we’re all different in our needs and some cats might love all the extra attention. Be sure to pay close attention to how we’re responding. If you think your cat might be stressed, it might be a good idea to look into getting him/her some new toys or even a cat condo. Having something new, what we call “enrichment” could help us deal with the stress. Yet, if you think your cat is feeling sick from stress it would be best to take him/her to your vet to make sure.
Well, that’s all the time I have for today. Thanks so much for taking the time to learn more about your amazing cats. I’ll talk to you again soon!