We all know that cats can be a touch fickle. When it comes to their habits and routines, they're big on structure and comforts. Even for the more laidback fur-end, the chances are that they have their triggers too.
As a paw-rent, it's our job to make sure our cats are as happy as possible. Of course, there will be times when we slip up but as long as we're not doing these 5 things, we should be good! Without further ado, here are 5 things that make your cat's hair stand up and stir up their anxiety.
1. Separation Anxiety
Did you know that cats suffer from FOMO? As independent as they may seem, there’s nothing like the company of their hooman. This is exactly why they meow at closed doors. The moment that they feel removed from their pack or can’t easily access rooms, their stress levels go up.
2. New Pets
Not only do cats like company, but they’re also extremely territorial too. Bringing in a new pet can make your cat feel unsettled and uneasy. Unfortunately, many people rush the introduction period and rush to have their new pets become friends. As a result, you will notice a spike in behavioral issues with your cat.
3. New Baby
Like bringing home a new pet, babies can be daunting for cats too. Babies bring new smells and new sounds. They also bring a lot of house guests! As a result, your cat may get frazzled with all the commotion and seek a safe space away from the chaos. Of course, as babies grow into toddlers, a whole new world of baby proofing will be needed.
4. Health Problems
If your cat has joint problems or issues with their gut, you may notice an increased sense of anxiety around the litter box or cat food. If you have a baby gate, jumping over this can put pressure on your cat’s joints. If you have a covered litter box, your cat may struggle to get easy access to their business.
5. Invaded Cat Food & Litter Box
Is there anything worse than feeling under pressure to eat your food or having to go with someone watching you? That’s probably how your cat feels when your dog gets into their food and litter box. A cat's food bowl and litter box are sacred grounds, having unwanted intruders is a big no-no for their stress levels.
How Can You Help Your Stressed Cat?
The easiest way to calm your cat is to help them feel safe and secure. A great way to do this is to give them their own spot in your home away from the noise and nosy fursiblings. Think of this space as their very own weighted blanket!
The last thing you will want to do is scold or punish your cat. This will only increase your cat’s anxiety and lead to further behavioral issues.
Remember, the goal is to help them feel as comfortable and secure as possible in their environment. Although having a top entry litter box does keep out the dog, it can make your cat feel claustrophobic. As for a pet gate, not only is it a menace to use, it can worsen or cause joint problems.
For this reason, we always try and educate people about the pros and cons of pet gates and top entry litter boxes. But what is a fur-parent to do? There has to be an easier way…
Give Your Cat Back Their Space with Door Buddy
Door Buddy is an adjustable door strap that’s been designed to let cats into rooms easily while keeping dogs and babies out.
Not only does this give your cat back their privacy, but it also allows us furparents to enter and exit rooms easily too. No more fiddling with buttons or climbing over the gate, and no more destructive pet proofing solutions.
Door Buddy installs in seconds and without any tools. This works purrrfectly if you’re keeping your litter box and cat food in a separate room in an effort to keep nosy unwanted visitors out. Kitty candy stealers beware!
At Door Buddy, we say safety doesn’t have to be difficult. Our door strap is a simple and affordable solution to an otherwise expensive and difficult chore.
Door Buddy is proudly made in the USA and has been designed by furparents. So, when we say we know how you feel, we really know how you feel!
Are you ready to say goodbye to the pet gate and cat door? Door Buddy installs in seconds and without any tools. Keep your whole fur-mily safe without the hassle and without the drain on your pocketbook.
Our store includes our adjustable door strap as well as our combo set. In the combo, you can enjoy the added safety of our foam door stopper. This keeps tails and fingers safe and prevents your cat from getting locked in or out of the room. A must for worried parents!