Emotional stress in cats has emerged as the key cause of upper respiratory infection. Researcher Nadine Gourkow points out that you can increase a cat’s resistance to pathogens by making him happy. She’s developed a scale to assess a cat’s emotional state, and found that mental stimulation and gentling techniques not only improve emotional well-being—they reduce the incidence of URI.
ANIMAL SHELTERING: Vol. 2012
, Article 10.
Available at: https://animalstudiesrepository.org/animshel/vol2012/iss2/10