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September 18, 2010 at 8:00 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Try the Raw Food Diet for Feline Anxiety

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Cats are very perceptive animals. Their senses are heightened in many ways, and they experience feelings of stress or anxiety in the same manner. As a result, you should be very attentive to any stress your cat is feeling. He or she can be displaying signs to let you know what's going on. Many things can cause anxiety for cats, including their environment and diet.

Signs of Feline Anxiety

How do you know if your cat has anxiety? Some cats will behave differently and exhibit outward signs of their anxiety. These might be a refusal to use the litter box, hyperactivity, inactivity, or crankiness. Unfortunately, a lot of cat owners mistake these signs as behavioral problems and do not consider stress as the source. Other cats choose to keep their anxiety inside and will simply remain isolated. They might not have any dramatic changes in their behavior or actions, making it more difficult to know what they are feeling anxious about. Eventually, they will find a way to give you clues about their condition.

Causes of Feline Anxiety

There are basically two types of causes for cat anxiety. The first is the outside influences they have in their home environment. It is natural for a cat to respond to commotion, yelling, or loud noises in a negative way. Remember that your actions have an impact on your pet, so consider their feelings in the way you choose to live your life. Cats do not generally react well to changes in living space, new people, or new pets.

Another cause of anxiety in cats is physical. If they are overweight or obese, it limits their options and can cause depression. Also, certain foods that lack the nutritional value they need will generate a negative internal response. A common example of this is constipation, which is a very stressful condition.

Weight, Energy, and the Feline Diet

Dry foods contain carbohydrates that cats do not need. In fact, they receive their energy from the protein found in meat and fats. When they are deprived of these proteins, they cannot generate energy or burn fat efficiently. Any weight lost while on a dry food diet is most likely muscle mass and can weaken joints instead of strengthen them.

A possible solution is to change your cat's diet to include raw foods. They are closer to what felines consume in the wild and what their bodies are designed to process. For this reason, a cat should have an improved immune system from being on a raw foods diet. Their energy levels and physical activity will increase in conjunction with the raw foods, and both are known to prevent the onset of stress or anxiety.

In addition, a raw foods diet significantly reduces the risk of obesity by maintaining a healthy weight for cats. Overall, the combination of the right foods and the right amount of exercise will make a feline more capable to deal with outside stress sources. That is why cat owners have looked to alternative diets to ensure their pet's health, happiness, and longevity. To learn more about raw food diets, and if they are right for your cat, please consult with your veterinarian.

Sources:

http://www.catinfo.org/

http://www.catinfo.org/?link=makingcatfood

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