Treatment Name: Stress Reduction

Treatment Type: Lifestyle Practices

Rated for: Mixed Breed / Domestic

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Posted Jan. 29, 2019

There are multiple ways to reduce stress in cats. The biggest issue is finding out what is causing the issue.

If it's an outside cat, you may need to apply outside deterrents or block the windows so your cat can't look outside.

If it's inside aggression, you need to figure out ways to minimize it. This can involve separating the cats and reintroducing them slowly. I like having the introduction happen between doors or even using a large dog kennel.

If you notice the aggression only happening in certain instances, such as around the food or water bowl, I would add more food and water bowl locations around the house so they can be accessed in multiple places.

If the aggression is around the litter box, same principal stands. You should have as many litter boxes as cats, plus one, located in separate areas around the house. Covered litter boxes, while better looking, provide ambush opportunities. You want to avoid these situations as much as possible.

Adding environmental enrichment can also help. Shelving units specifically for the cats (aka "cat highways") with multiple access/exit points can help. Various types of toys can also help alleviate stress and cat on cat aggression.

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