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Is Little Figo or Fluffy Stressed?

August 17, 2017

Having you been feeling stressed lately? You might not be the only one. Pets are susceptible to stress just like their owners. To reduce your pet’s stress, you’ll need to Mindful tips.

What Causes Stress in Pets

Canines and felines experience some of the same stress triggers. For instance, if pets do not get enough human interaction or not enough physical or mental stimulation, they may experience stress. Loud noises, changes to daily routines, traveling, and environmental changes (such as a new home or a new family member) cause also stress your animals. There are some stress triggers that effect specific pets as well. For example, dogs can experience stress if they aren’t trained or if they are left alone for too long.

Stress Symptoms

If you suspect that your pet is stressed, look for the telltale signs. Stressed cats and dogs may experience vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and aggressive behavior. Anxious cats may also change their grooming practices and become less playful and more afraid. Stressed dogs may start sleeping and barking more. And they may also develop a destructive chewing problem.

Stress-related Health Problems

If the stressed problem is not resolved it can lead to health issues for your beloved pet. Stress activates virus infections, interstitial cystitis, gastrointestinal issues, and skin diseases in cats. For dogs, stress can lead to obsessive-compulsive behavior, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and skin infections.


Do you suspect that your pet is stressed? Try the four tips listed below.

  • Create the right environment. When pets are bored they become stressed, so mental and physical exercise is important. Keep lots of toys around your home for your pets. Cats will need platforms and special trees to climb as well.
  • Increase their social interaction. Socialization is crucial for reducing stress in pets. Cats and dogs need attention from their owners on a regular basis, so be sure to shower them with love. For dogs, also consider scheduling play dates with other dogs.
  • Keep a regular schedule. Pets need regular routines—they become less anxious if they can anticipate when they’ll have their meals and when their owners will come home. Come up with a daily routine for your pets to reduce stress.
  • Contact your vet. If the stress symptoms continue, consider talking to your veterinarian. They can offer personalized tips for your pets.
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