Stress and Feline Health

C. A.Tony Buffington, Melissa Bain

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In the health sciences, stress often is defined in terms of stressors; events that are perceived as threats to one's perception of control. From this perspective, a stressor is anything that activates the central threat response system (CTRS). Recent research shows that the CTRS can be sensitized to environmental events through epigenetic modulation of gene expression. When CTRS activation is chronic, health and welfare may be harmed. Environmental modification can mitigate the harmful effects of chronic CTRS activation by reducing the individual's perception of threat and increasing its perception of control, which improves health and welfare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Coping
  • Early life stress
  • Epigenetic modulation of gene expression
  • Perception of control
  • Perception of threat
  • Resilience
  • Threat response system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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