Being a cat parent isn’t just about giving a home and family to your new fur baby, it includes providing a healthy and loving environment. To make sure you’re either able to give both for your kitty or not, cat owners need to watch out for a few signs. If a cat is unhappy with its environment, there are physical symptoms which can tip you off. Here are five signs a cat is unhappy with its surroundings.
Cats love to eat. We catch them staring at us when we eat, stealing their fellow pets’ food and even sneaking into the kitchen for some snack. If a cat is not eating, it’s one of the signs a cat is unhappy with its environment. Not having the appetite means it’s stressed or uncomfortable with its surroundings.
Vomiting and Diarrhea
Opposite to not eating, a kitty may eat well but suffer differently. A cat who’s unhappy with its surroundings can suffer from an upset stomach resulting to diarrhea or vomiting. Just like with people, stress can upset one’s stomach and it actually does the same for our feline friends.
Sleeping A Lot
This is a tricky symptom to catch as cats normally spend a lot of time sleeping. But if you observe your kitty’s sleeping habits is disrupted or even prolonged, your cat is likely unhappy with its new home or setting. Another related symptom to this is lethargy. When your feline bud seems to have quite a low energy and is remaining sedentary for a long time, he’s most likely unhappy.
Refusing to use Litter Box
Another one of the signs a cat is unhappy with its living environment is when it’s refusing to use its litter box. Of course, there’s a chance that your fur baby simply isn’t trained with the litter box. However, if you’re sure this isn’t the case and your cat just seem to be throwing a tantrum, he may be upset with his environment. If this happens, try changing the litter box’s position to see if your cat may be more comfortable. If not, then there’s more in its environment that causes your kitty to be stressed and unhappy.
Looking uncomfortable and in pain
You observe your kitty pacing around a lot, grooming or meowing excessively and seemingly in pain. If there are no visible injuries, your cat is surely uncomfortable or in pain about something.
Advice for unhappy environment
If you have observed any of these physical symptoms, they’re likely signs a cat is not happy with its environment. When you’re sure it’s not an injury or sickness, then this is all the more likely. But don’t let this go on for a long time without seeking professional advice from a vet as there may be something more serious going on with your furry friend.
Additionally, as you look for what’s stressing your cat, but not yet able to pinpoint what exactly it is, you can provide temporary relief for your fur baby. You may put some hiding spots so your calico can cope and recharge well; providing as simple as a cardboard box will do wonders. Providing some cat-safe and healthy herbs can also help your kitty calm down and get comfy. After which, please do look for the stressor in your kitty’s life and hopefully turn your home into a happy place for both you and your cat.