BUSTING THE FELINE WAY
pressure of 21st century living is not only causing us humans sleepless
nights, but apparently it's rubbing off onto our pets too.
research from Southampton University claims that as many as 80%
of cats could be suffering from stress.
a relaxing spa break or a spot of yoga isnít an option, what is the
solution? Animal behaviourist Rachel Casey takes cat lover Ann Widdecombe
to find out.
has been suffering from anxiety|
is feeling threatened. As one of six cats, he has been marking his
territory by spraying around the home.
Rachel believes he is feeling anxious due to conflict amongst the
other cats. She suggests some simple changes that can be made around
the home to create a more reassuring atmosphere.
installs shelves above the stairwell as a place in which to escape
to and a ferimone defuser which releases a cat scent to reassure
behaviour manifests itself in a variety of ways. Hereís our Inside
Out guide to recognising if your feline is frazzled and the solution
to you and your pet's worries.
- urine around the house to mark their territory
- Aromatherapy - A difuser that releases ferimones around the home can relax
furniture and people
toys - Ignore bad behaviour, reward good. Provide toys and other fun
their fellow felines and human house mates
- Sanctuary - Provide a place of escape, an arrangement of shelves above the
stairwell is a great place for a moment's escapism
cats are relaxing over an evening meal|
if you suspect your cat may be suffering from stress, help is at
hand. Whether it's ignoring bad behaviour or installing aromatherapy
plug-ins, you and your cat needn't suffer any longer.
Ann Widdecombe remains sceptic, Charlie's behaviour is showing a
significant improvement. Whilst his spraying has not stopped completely,
it has greatly reduced.
it seems, is the answer.
So if your tabby is tetchy or your moggy is mad, think calm soothing
thoughts and and de-stress your cat the Inside Out way.