Many people find it difficult to believe but pets can feel the effects of stress. In point of fact, animals are just as prone to stress as humans and they need to de-stress in order to feel good and go about their daily routine. If your cat is showing signs of stress, there are many things you can do to make your cat feel better. Here is what you can do to take better care of their cat.
Pet Your Stressed Cat
Nothing works better than petting in order to de-stress a pet. The sense of touch goes a very long way. Cats especially are very fond of it. Gently caressing them can relieve the pressure on their nerves and erase all tensions. You cat will be purring in no time.
Playing with Your Stressed Cat
Sometimes all your cat needs is a little attention. She has been waiting at home all day for you to return. The sound of the door opening may very well be the best part of your cat’s day. Spending a little time with your cat will not only make it feel calm, studies have shown that it can even prolong their life.
Music for Your Stressed Cat
Music is not just for us. Animals respond well to it as well. Put on any music that you normally listen to while relaxing. Chances are that your pet will also respond to it and feel calm. Furthermore what better way to bond with your pet than by listening to the same music?
Scents for Stressed Cats
A nice fragrance can instantly lift anyone’s mood. The same goes for pets as well. Pheromones are chemical compounds sensed in cats by the nasal organ in the back of the nose. They use them for communication and can be used to de-stress them and make them feel calm. They are also recommended by most veterinarians.
Some Outdoor Exposure
Cats primarily stay indoors but a little outdoor exposure can lift their mood and make them feel better. Many people refuse to leave their pet outdoors such as in the backyard due to safety and health concerns. One way to give a cat some outdoor exposure is to simply let it view the outdoors through a window. Cats love to sit on window sills for hours and enjoy the view.
Avoid Smoking in front of Pets
Cats simply do not like the smell of smoking. The smoke infested breath that pet owners blow towards their cat could very well be the reason why they feel stressed in the first place. Cats are sensitive to such things. Therefore for better pet care, it is always best to smoke outside, away from your cat and to rinse your mouth afterward.
A pet is a very important member of the family and it is important for pet owners to be considerate of their feelings and take proper action to make them feel safe and at home.