Most pet parents welcome the opportunity to spend as much time as they can with their cats. Some folks will even bring their cats along on vacation.
Sadly, our cats cannot accompany us everywhere. Whether it’s due to work or other commitments, we sometimes have to leave our cats at home. It’s important to note that the separation can be just as hard on your cat as it is on you.
Cats can experience bouts of separation anxiety like dogs. According to Purina, cats who were abused in the past or have been re-homed many times are particularly susceptible to separation anxiety.
As a pet owner, recognizing a pet in distress is crucial. Included in this article are just some of the most common signs that your cat is experiencing separation anxiety.
Follows You Everywhere
Let’s be clear, your cat following you is not necessarily a sign of trouble. They may just be feeling extra affectionate on that given day. However, if your pet is following you everywhere and refuses to be left behind, it’s not a good sign.
Cats may also attempt to draw your attention further by meowing loudly or stepping in front of you constantly. It means that they don’t want to be far from you and they want to make that very clear.
More Vocal Could Be A Sign of Separation Anxiety
Speaking of meowing loudly, you may also notice that your cat is causing more of a ruckus whenever you’re about to leave. This is yet another way for them to express their displeasure with you leaving.
A cat who meows loudly when you return home may also be experiencing separation anxiety.
Exhibits Abnormal Behavior
Separation anxiety can be very stressful for cats and their behavior may change as a result. They may not eat as much when you’re out of the house and they may also display destructive behavior during that time.
Don’t just shrug off the changes in your cat’s behavior. Recognizing the symptoms of separation anxiety is a good first step. Understand their distress so you can decide how to help your anxious pet.
Separation anxiety can be difficult for your pet cat to handle. Make it easier for him/her by hiring a professional sitter.
Allow us at TAILored Cat Services to help by scheduling your appointment today. Call 425-923-7791 or browse our website to learn more.