When cats are very shy or extremely aggressive, few people think of an anxiety disorder. It is not always easy to distinguish certain characteristics of character from real anxiety. Therefore, look for the following symptoms in your cat and, if in doubt, seek advice from a cat psychologist.
Is it already an anxiety disorder when cats hide in the far corner when visiting or steal any stranger approaching them? Not necessarily, because of fear of a concrete stimulus only a disturbance, if the fear determines the whole behavior of the cat.
Body language of anxious cats
Cats who are afraid or afraid always behave the same way: Depending on the cat's personality, they react with escape or withdrawal or with aggression. The aggressive behavior is then no sign of a "bitchy" or "character strong" cat, but a form of defense by attack. Fearful or fearful cats usually lay their ears flat on their heads, hunchback, bobble, hiss, growl, or scream. Some fur noses make themselves very small, crouch and bend their legs. Also shaking, mouth breathing or lip licking are possible. But you can also recognize fear or anxiety by the cat suddenly running away and hiding.
Fear or anxiety disorder? Recognize difference
If your cat is usually balanced, but is frightened, for example, by a crying child or a New Year's Eve blast, that's normal - she's just scared of that. After a while, the shock is over and the Miez calms down again. An anxiety disorder, however, you recognize that the cat does not calm down, but that their insecure behavior is getting worse and occurs for no apparent reason. The threat the cat feels is indefinite, there is apparently no concrete reason for its behavior.
In an anxiety disorder, the cat is as overwhelmed by the supposed threat, the fear determines their lives and their perception. Some cats with anxiety disorder develop behavioral problems such as sloppiness because they do not know where to go. Some retire, suffer from loss of appetite, or do not even venture out of hiding. At the latest then you should consider whether a cat psychologist can help you.