Derived from the Greek, a trauma means one Injured, mentally and physically. “After a strong physical impact, such as abuse, accident, burn or poisoning, there is a trauma to the body,” explains Marion Wagner, animal therapist.
Trauma Symptoms in Cats
The symptoms of trauma are obvious: Im acute case occurs at Release of stress hormoneswhich modify numerous functions of the body. Virtually everything is turned off which is not necessary for survival. This means:
- The traumatized cat freezes.
- The cat no longer responds.
- The pupils are enlarged.
- The direct gaze into the distance.
- The cat is suffering.
The following symptoms may also occur:
- The cat tries to hide
Causes of trauma in cats
Trauma isn’t just going through external force caused. There is also a trauma due to reason purely psychological tremors, 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 who 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
- unfounded fear or hiding
- Refusal of feed
First of all, the cat owner must obviously check if there is a physical cause such as one Cancer or Kidney problem there is behind it. “But if the cat is organically healthy, he obviously can’t process something,” says Marion Wagner. If the owner realizes that the animal is in pain, he must act immediately, she advises: “The fresher the trauma, the better it can be treated.”
Without or with subsequent treatment can post-traumatic disorders come to that Neurosis to grow up. It can happen that:
- the cat is in stressful situations Pulling out the hair or
- the cat exhibits excessive grooming habits, as a result of which it licks entire areas of bald, sore skin.
Disturbed behavior is addictive because endorphins in the body are produced, which create feelings of happiness. That’s why cats can’t stop cleaning. “A vicious circle is created,” says Wagner.
Treating trauma in cats
Promising trauma therapies can be:
- Tellington Touch
- Bach flowers
- Color therapy
With the latter, the purple, blue and green colors are suitable for trauma treatment, because the darker spectral colors have a calming effect on the four-legged patient. The best thing to do is to grab party bulbs in these colors from electronics stores and screw them into the desk lamp; But you can also stick colored sheets in front of the light source, as animal therapist Marion Wagner explains.
Also recommends support Music therapy (chamber music and baroque music have a beneficial effect) to relax people 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 pet 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, acupuncture or acupressure is not possible. An animal therapist will closely examine your cat and then individually decide which treatment method is most suitable.