Feline fear and anxiety

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2008 Sep;38(5):1065-79, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2008.04.010.


Anxieties and fears play a large role in some of the more common feline behavior problems. The interaction between emotions and stress is complex but pertinent to the field of veterinary medicine, given the physical and emotional consequences of stress in animals. By thinking of behavior "problems" from the perspective of the animal's emotional state, treatment plans can be implemented to reduce the states of anxiety and fears and safeguard against the physical consequences of a prolonged stress response.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anxiety / psychology*
  • Behavior, Animal*
  • Cats / psychology*
  • Eliminative Behavior, Animal
  • Fear / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*