How to prevent and address separation anxiety in cats
Having traveled for work for years, my sweet Maddie knew the second she saw my suitcase that I was leaving her alone for more than a day or two. She would growl and bite my ankles as I packed my clothes. I felt horrible for having to leave her in that state as she was very much attached to me and truly hated to be alone and away from me. After the second time, I learned quickly to place the suitcase out of sight and pack as quickly as possible. For many cats, separation anxiety is a very real issue and can cause destructive behavior issues. So, what are we to do when we have to leave our precious felines?
What is separation anxiety?
Just like humans, some cats are loners and don’t mind being left to their own devices. Others are social creatures and love attention and being around people. Cats can become attached to their owners and really stress out when we’re away. To express this distress, cats may become upset and even destructive.
Heavily attached animals look to their owners for security, so being alone will cause anxiety and stress. Separation anxiety is real and if you have had a cat with it, you can agree that leaving or coming home can cause you stress!
Signs of separation anxiety
What Can I Do About Separation Anxiety?
There are several options to help your cat through separation anxiety and avoid the behaviors listed above.
Ways to deal with separation anxiety
Knowing that your cat is being given love and attention can give you peace of mind and help you enjoy your trip. Picking up a happy relaxed cat is worth the money rather than spending time cleaning up the path of destruction at your home.
Having dealt with feline separation anxiety, I understand how stressful a trip can be. From leaving a crying cat to coming home and finding a mess is waiting for you, it’s never fun. Finding ways to cope with this anxiety will help you both and bring the stress level down in your home.
Rock the Cat Spa owner Cari Thompson is a life-long cat lover. When she's not running the luxury cat spa & hotel, she's playing with her cat, Daphne. She writes weekly blogs on cat behavior, health, and care. To learn more about her, check out the About Me page!