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When the cat has trauma

Derived from the Greek, a trauma means one Wound, mentally and physically. "After strong physical impact, such as abuse, an accident, a burn or poisoning, trauma occurs on the body level," explains animal therapist Marion Wagner.

Symptoms of trauma in cats

The symptoms of trauma are obvious: Im acute case occurs a Release of stress hormonesthat change numerous body functions. Virtually everything is switched off that is not needed for survival. This means:

  • The traumatized cat freezes.
  • The cat is no longer responsive.
  • The pupils are enlarged.
  • The gaze directed into the distance.
  • The cat is in pain.

The following symptoms can also occur:

  • Salivation
  • Tremble
  • Cat tries to hide

Causes of Trauma in Cats

Traumas are not just going through external force caused. There is also trauma due to reason purely psychic shocks, that have such a negative impact. However, not all cats respond to certain events with trauma. Established personalities, such as cats with a "good nursery" and healthy self-confidence, can cope with this more easily than cats that are inherently sensitive.

Effects of trauma on cat behavior

"You have to be careful when a cat changes completely," explains animal therapist Marion Wagner. Such behavioral changes can be:

  • sudden aggression
  • baseless fear or hiding
  • Refusal of feed

First of all, of course, the cat owner has to check whether there is a physical cause such as cancer or a kidney problem. "But if the cat is organically healthy, it obviously cannot process something," says Marion Wagner. If the owner notices that the animal is suffering, he should act immediately, she advises: "The fresher the trauma, the better it can be treated".

Without or with later treatment it can post-traumatic disorders come to that Neuroses grow out. It can happen that:

  • the cat is in stressful situations Pulling hair out or
  • the cat shows excessive cleaning behavior, as a result of which it licks whole areas of skin bald and sore.

The disturbed behavior is addictive, because the body's own endorphins are produced, which create feelings of happiness. That is why the cats cannot stop cleaning. "A vicious circle arises," says Wagner.

Treating trauma in cats

Promising therapies against trauma can be:

  • acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Tellington Touch
  • Bach flowers
  • homeopathy
  • Color therapy

In the latter case, the colors purple, blue and green are suitable for treating trauma, because the darker spectral colors have a calming effect on the four-legged patient. The best thing to do is to get party lightbulbs in these colors from electronics stores and screw them into the desk lamp; But you can also attach colored foils in front of the light source, as animal therapist Marion Wagner explains.

She also recommends supportive Music therapy (e.g. chamber music and baroque music have a healing effect) to relax humans and animals. Because in addition to the cat itself and the therapist, the owner must also be involved in the therapy, for example by massaging the cat. However, this differs from therapy to therapy. The animal therapist will explain exactly how to help your cat cope with the trauma.

Important: Not all cats can be treated equally. For example, if a cat cannot be touched, then acupuncture or acupressure is not possible. An animal therapist will take a close look at your cat and then decide individually which treatment method is most suitable.