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What causes cat stress?

Written by FELIWAY, published on 16 September 2020

Cats feel a lot better when they feel in control of their environment. Anything that interrupts their feeling of control can make cats unhappy. Over time this can raise your cat stress level and lead to anxiety.

To feel in control, cats will carefully mark their home with "happy messages" (or pheromones). This happens each time a cat rubs its face against furniture or nuzzles against your legs.

Common causes to cat stress:

Loud noises

Cats conflict

Visiting vet



New cat


Moving home

Things that may disturb your cat

How do you know if your cat is stressed? Many things can disturb your cat’s need of stability, and lead to cat stress. 

For instance, every time you move furniture, bring in new furniture, do a major housecleaning, renovate your house, do some DYI work at home… This can remove the “happy messages” left by your cat, and then they don’t feel at home anymore.

When this happens your cats become disorientated, and show signs like hiding, scratching, excessive grooming or peeing: in your cat’s language, it’s a sign of cat stress.

Other things that may affect your cat happiness are access to food (read more here to help a cat who isn't eating), heat, water, litter, attention and competition in the household with other cats, as well as visitors to the household.

FELIWAY Optimum is the best FELIWAY solution to help solve all common signs of stress for enhanced serenity.

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