Are you stressed out? Have you ever noticed that when things are the most hectic in your life, darn it if you don’t end up with the sniffles?
Stress has been tied to a number of health conditions in humans, and now researchers at our very own College of Veterinary Medicine have shown that even cats respond to stress in their lives with an increased incidence of chronic illness. The less stress the cats in the study had, the less sick they got. So how do you de-stress a cat? By providing a comfortable living environment, a consistent daily routine and attention from a caregiver.
So take it from the kitties. Try to find a healthy, consistent routine in your life (regular meals, regular sleep and regular exercise), share some TLC with a good friend or partner and always keep your litter box clean. It’s the best way to stay away out of the vet’s… I mean doctor’s office.
Roger Miller, MD
Student Health Services
The Ohio State University