We often think cats are very independent, but they are in fact very social animals.
They love playtime and being around others. So they too can develop separation anxiety.
It may be hard to believe, but cats can be very sensitive to change just like dogs.
Change to them can be something as little as family coming to stay, or just new visitors.
They get very used to routine, and when routine gets disupted, so do they.
Change like spending long periods of time away, can affect them. Even losing someone close to them can cause anxiety and or depression.
Lonliness is something that can cause separation anxiety in a cat.
For example a cat in a one pet home, lacking toys or playtime can become very lonely.
What is separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety is an intense fear of being separated from a home, loved one, or attachment figure.
How to determine whether or not your pet has separation anxiety…
A veterinarian is best to diagnose separation anxiety, so they can rule out any medical or health conditions.
When noticing changes in a cats behavior you want to be very careful its not a health concern.
Video taping some of the behavior is best, and knowing what signs to look for is helpful.
What are some signs of separation anxiety…
Signs can be unusual vocalization when not around or upon arrival.
Destructive behavior while you are away.
Inappropriate urinating or defacating in the house.
Loss of appetite.
Excessive grooming or chewing.
Try to prevent separation anxiety by encouraging your cats independence, and avoid being too clingy when you are home.
Leave favorite toys or scratching posts out when you are leaving.
Try to stick with a regular routine, so they have an idea when you will be home.
If you are away alot, having a pet sitter is a good idea, or maybe adopting a companion for your pet.
Try calming supplements or sprays….
Zesty Paws Calming Bites
Honest Paws Calm CBD Soft Chews
bSerene Pheromone & Catnip oil Pheromone Spray
Our pets give so much, lets give a little back.
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