12 Traumatized Cat Symptoms
1. Aggressive Behavior
Cats that are traumatized can become overly aggressive. This usually manifest as a defending mechanism with cats that have been abused before.
2. Affectionate Behavior
A traumatized cat might seek comfort and safety, so, she will be more affectionate to you.
3. Loss Of Appetite
Many traumatized cats will refuse to eat. If the trauma is horrible, some cats might starve themselves to death, so make sure to react as soon as you notice loss of appetite in your cat.
4. Extreme Fear
A cat suffering from trauma can become fearful and can be easily startled. You might also notice shaking and trembling since your cat’s muscles tense up and start to quiver.
5. Destructive Behaviors
Cats that are worried about something might exhibit destructive behaviors like: - Chewing and licking nonfood items in your household
- Excessive scratching
- Digging up the soil
6. Mood Swings
Cats that are suffering from emotional trauma might change their emotions quickly and to the extreme.
7. Hiding Behavior
Some cats might hide for long periods of time, since hiding makes them feel more secure.
8. Not Using The Litter Box
Stress and emotional trauma can cause normally clean and tidy cats to avoid their litter boxes.
9. Escapism Behavior
Many traumatized cats will often display escapism behavior.
Traumatized cats are likely to cry and yowl loudly.
11. Troubles With Sleep
A cat will have hard time to relax and fall asleep, since she’s nervous and alert all the time.
12. Excessive Grooming
Cats that are traumatized will often excessively groom themselves. They might also lick, bite, or scratch their skin during their grooming session.