Behavior Tip: Give Your Cat a Box

Cats experience stress frequently. Other cats are often the cause of stress, though owner interactions and environment can also be involved. It can be difficult for cat owners to realize their cat is stressed because cats can be very quiet and withdrawn when experiencing stress. Stress in cats can lead to many different behavior problems, including aggression, social withdrawal, over-grooming, inappropriate urination, urine marking, and other issues. Stress also plays a role in medical problems, such as feline interstitial cystitis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease, and other diseases. Research demonstrates that providing your cat with a simple cardboard box may significantly reduce its stress, which can help improve both behavioral and medical problems.  If you have a cat who you suspect feels stressed, provide some boxes for your cat in your house. This simple strategy is inexpensive and convenient.  If you still need help with decreasing your cat’s stress, consider contacting me for a free 30 minute phone consultation.