Dealing with Stress in Cats

Dealing with Stress in Cats

In dealing with stress in cats it took me a while to work out why my beautiful ginger kitty (adult cat really) was spraying in the house. He was five years old and spayed. He had never done anything like this before. Fortunately because he was spayed his urine wasn’t as strong as what it could have been.  That doesn’t mean to say that it didn’t smell.

I was advised it was due to stress.  Of course I sought the advice of professionals at Ringwood Vet Clinic and followed the rules. I used a special cleaner to deodorise the urine and I also used the plugin feremones to calm him down. Whilst these things worked to a degree it obviously didn’t alert me to what was the cause of the problem.

My poor little darling was definitely suffering. It so happened that he was due for his vaccination around this time so I thought it would be a good time to discuss his stress in person with Kim from Ringwood Vet Clinic.  By the time his appointment was due he had sores under his chin and was scratching incessantly. I was advised that all these things are due to stress.

One by one we worked through his problems. The sores under his chin we called ‘cat acne’ and this is due to stress. They looked just like acne too and were infected, the poor darling.  Secondly I noticed that he had ripped one of his claws right down and it was bleeding. Not sure if this was stress related but it ran the risk of being infected.

Dealing with Stress in Cats

I can’t stop scratching!!


Thirdly he was just scratching non stop.  It could’ve been stress or fleas, but upon closer inspection he appeared to not having any fleas.  He had been eating supermarket bought biscuits so I switched his diet to something that was specifically formulated to be hypoallergenic.

Anyway, a good shot of antibiotics would clear up his infections and home we came.  It’s probably been 2-3 weeks since that trip to the vet and Rudy has calmed right down. I’m still using the feremone emitting device. His chin and claw have completely cleared up, which I think was contributing to his stress and his scratching has calmed down. He has always been an ‘itchy’ cat but definitely looking a whole lot better.


My husband and I were trying to work out what was it that caused the stress to begin with. Around about the same time as the spraying started we had new neighbours move in next door. They brought with them a little dog. We didn’t think much of it at the time because the previous occupants also had a little dog. However, within a couple of weeks of the little dog arriving another dog arrived.

This time it was a much bigger doberman cross puppy.

Needless to say I think I was actually the one that started stressing about it first. No, I did not spray around the house.  We’re not positive but we’re quite sure that the amount of upheaval was causing the stress and the ultimate back breaker was the doberman puppy. The only thing I’m not sure of is was it the puppy directly causing the stress or did Rudy pick up on my stress?

Either way we’re sure it was that doberman cross puppy dog because as it turns out they were only minding it for family for a few weeks and the dog has been returned to it’s owner. The cute little dog is still there but doesn’t cause any problems at all.

I'm happy again

I’m happy again






…and Rudy seems to be back to his normal self. 🙂

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