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Because of their sensitive nature, cats can sometimes get stressed out and display stress-related behaviors.

Some of the most common causes of cat stress are: changes in the immediate environment, introduction of a new pet into the family, sudden loud noises, unfamiliar smells or the absence of certain family members.

Some signs of stress include: hiding, unusual fearfulness or aggression, excessive vocalizing, urine marking, changes in eating habits or eliminating outside the litter box.

If you notice signs of stress in your cat, try to identify the cause, then take steps to help your cat cope. In many situations, spending more time with her while gently grooming and speaking softly to her can be wonderfully calming. If an environmental change is the trigger, try to slowly get your cat used to the new situation.

If your cat's stress doesn't seem to diminish within a few days, have a talk with your vet about other ways of treating her, which in some cases may even include anti-anxiety medications.
 

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31 Jan 2011 1:45 am

kitty_lover said:

my cat started being more aggeressive after getting a puppy.... sand she use to be aggeressive but not this much.. when someone she doesnt know tries to pet her shr tries to attach them.. or she is palying a game with a toy she will run up to you and attchs or she runs to you and you dont pet her she startes biting and scratches you....???? what is wrong with her??? is it because of bringing home the new dog? are because she just is at a stage???what should i do to get her better with the dog and get her to stop attaching people??
please help

Sincerly, kitty_lover

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