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Some cats may constantly meow or groom themselves to the extent that they have large bald patches. These cats may be feeling anxious or these may be stereotypic behaviours.

When these conditions are diagnosed it is advisable to:

  • Attempt to limit exposure to situations that may lead to anxiety.

  • Not pat or talk softly to the cat when it exhibits the behaviour because this reinforces the fearful response.

  • Spend 10 to 15 minuets per day at a set time playing, grooming and otherwise interacting with the cat on its own.

  • Grow an indoor garden of safe plants such as catnip or catmint for the cat to use.

  • Provide a variety of toys or change them weekly.

These exercises require time and patience but have shown to be effective in most cases of anxiety-related and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Many cats displaying these signs will benefit from the use of anxiety-reducing medications, but behaviour modification as described above, is the cornerstone of successful long term treatment.

Behaviour modification takes time and effort and can be a slow process. Dedicate at least a four-week period to start with and then assess the situation.

If you are having difficulty please don't hesitate to contact your veterinary clinic.

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