A 2012 survey of cat owners reported that 24% of cats suffer from at least one anxiety or fear issue and that 67% of cats with anxiety go untreated. It is thought that the high rate of untreated cats is due to a lack of knowledge of the owner in the recognition of some of the signs of cat anxiety. The signs of cat anxiety range from very obvious to very subtle. The signs of Anxiety in the Cat include:
- Urination or Defacation outside of the litter box
- Excessive Vocalization
- Excessive Grooming
- Chewing or Suckling
- Dilated Pupils
- Hyperactivity or Increased Attention Seeking
- Hypervigilence or Hyperresponsiveness to Stimulus
In your cat, anxiety may originate from upbringing, changes in environment, separation from owner, the addition of new pets, visitors, or be genetic in origin. So, when you begin to notice these anxiety behaviors, you have several options: veterinary pharmaceuticals, other means of behavior modification, and now, natural support provided by hemp and L-theanine for calm mental health.
Hemp Extract and L-Theanine Provides Nutritional Support for Mental Health and a Calmer Cat Hemp Extract– these natural molecules found in Hemp Extract have been shown to act through one or more of the Endocannabinoid System and the Serotonin System to restore mood balance and promote a calm demeanor. These studies have significantly reduced anxiety in mouse, rat and human model systems for generalized and stress-induced anxiety, compulsive behavior and conditioned fear models.
L-Theanine – L-Theanine is a natural amino acid produced by the Green Tea plant. In humans L-Theanine produces mental and physical relaxation. Specifically, a clinical trial has shown L-Theanine mitigates the symptoms of anxiety in cats.
In conclusion, while our cats may seem aloof and independent, they experience anxiety as well. Our cats just express their anxiety in ways that are often unnoticed. So pay attention to your cat, and the next time you begin to see the behaviors associated with anxiety, know that you have natural ways to support good mental health and a happier kitty.
-Dr. Jim Sharkey, PhD
Chief Scientist, Therabis