Nervous cat advice: Over-grooming
November 1, 2013 6:20 AM Subscribe
How can I help my lady cat calm down and stop over-grooming during a difficult time?
posted by Young Kullervo to pets & animals (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My little lady cat is adjusting to some serious life changes. She just moved with me from a two bedroom house that was once occupied by two people and two other cats to a tiny studio with just me...and I am barely home (two jobs and an active social life). I noticed that she is grooming herself in a way that makes her seem neurotic and nervous, and she has even licked her poor belly clean of the fuzz that is typically there. She is also very vocally demanding of me and more vocally expressive in general, which makes me think she is upset. The month has been very rough on her (and me) as I allowed my landlord to sell the house we were living in while I looked for a new place, and this meant strangers were in our home randomly throughout the week, which I am sure was nerve-wracking for her. I hate to think I am making life unpredictable and terrifying for her. I also know life will calm down soon and perhaps she will adjust back to the chill cat she once was. If I need to take her to a vet I will (she was just there) but I think that would also be super stressful for her. The vet also vocalized concern regarding her being alone during her last visit which has made me worry more.
In the meantime, what can I do to calm her nerves while she adjusts? I know of Feliway and I am going to acquire some ASAP, but I am really worried about her mental health as she is alone more often than not and possibly bored. She has a good diet (grain-free, organic wet food) and I try to give her as much attention and love and play-time as possible, but that has been difficult lately as we have been transitioning to a new life for over a month. She has a cat tree that faces a window in the new place and I am looking into more vertical spaces for her. Another cat is out of the question as my lease doesn't allow it and she completely despises other cats anyway.
Any advice is much appreciated!