Loud Noises: Sudden loud noises like thunderstorms, fireworks, or even household appliances can startle and stress cats.
Strangers or Visitors: Cats are territorial animals, and unfamiliar people or animals in their territory can cause stress. Introducing new individuals slowly and providing a safe space for your cat can help them adjust.
Travel and Car Rides: Cats often dislike car rides and being taken out of their familiar environment. The motion of the vehicle and unfamiliar surroundings can be stressful for them.
Veterinary Visits: Most cats do not enjoy trips to the veterinarian. The strange environment, handling by unfamiliar people, and medical procedures can cause anxiety and fear.
Changes in Routine: Cats thrive on routine, and any significant changes in their daily schedule or living environment can be stressful.
Conflict with Other Cats: Cats can be territorial and may become stressed if they have conflicts with other cats in the household.
Lack of Hideouts: Cats often seek hiding spots when they feel threatened or stressed. The absence of safe hiding places in their environment can increase their anxiety.