Cats in cities getting stressed
NewsMonday 22 July 2013
A cat behaviour expert has recently come out and said that many cats are suffering in the city with stress due to a lack of space.
Dr John Bradshaw, of Bristol University, has said that a number of city cats are suffering from skin or bladder problems, which were usually found in humans that are under pressure. He also added that others were taking to fighting.
Dr Bradshaw also warned that many of these issues were caused by owners not understanding that cats are solitary creatures.
“They think the more cats the merrier – five cats good, six cats better,” said Dr Bradshaw when talking to the Daily Mail.
“But the truth is that the more you have, the more the difficulties escalate.
“Two cats don’t have a party, they have a fight, then they have a stand-off, which can last until one dies.”
The former director of the feline Advisory Bureau, Chris Laurence, told the Daily Mail that cats are appearing to operate a rota system in areas that were particularly crowded with other felines. He said that usually one would use an area in the morning, while another would use it in the afternoon.
Dr Bradshaw specialises in how people and animals interact, and he also said that vets are increasingly treating illnesses that seem to be triggered by stress, including eczema-like skin conditions and cystitis.
He also said that owners with the best intentions sometimes don’t realise how their pets are struggling to cope with the stresses of modern life. He even cited the arrival of cat cafes, which are basically cafes where customers can stroke cats whilst having a coffee, as examples of poor understanding.
Dr Bradshaw went on to add that cats aren’t bred with the temperaments for city living and he claimed that there was also a ‘vociferous anti-cat lobby’ among city dwellers.
Cats are still wild at heart, while dogs have been bred over thousands of years to get along with their human owners.