Does Your Cat Have Separation Anxiety?
23 February, 2018
separation anxiety cats

Most pet owners are aware of separation anxiety in dogs, but cats can also suffer from this affliction.   Since cats have a harder time expressing themselves than dogs, the signs can be harder to detect. There are some ways to determine if your cat has separation anxiety and what you can do about it.

Signs of separation anxiety in cats

Some of the signs of feline anxiety can include: hiding, pacing, spraying of urine, a loss of appetite, biting at his or her tail or fur, vomiting or meowing more often than usual. If this happens, try to monitor your cat’s behavior for any significant changes or worsening of symptoms.  Other signs may include excessive self-grooming, eating too fast or not eating at all when the cat parent isn’t present.

If your vet has ruled out a medical condition, there are some thing you can try to make your cat feel more comfortable.

 Give your cat a safe-place to go when feeling stressed

Give your cat a room or area that is quiet and secluded and away from all the household activity and noise. This can be her go-to place when your cat is feeling stressed.  It could even be a climb-up cat tower or shelter. Cats enjoy being off the ground where they feel safe.

Try to pinpoint if there are particular items that are causing your kitty stress

If there are particular objects that trigger the anxiety such as your keys, your purse, your brief case – then carry those around the house for a while each day so they are no longer an anxiety trigger.  This will help your cat become immune to these items.

 Play with your cat to make your kitty feel comfortable and loved

Interactive playtime allows your cat to simply enjoy being the mighty hunter. For a cat, being able to engage the prey drive and enjoy a successful capture is the ultimate in joy.   Throw that mouse or whatever toy is your cat’s favorite.

Practice leaving and returning

If your cat starts to get tense whenever he hears you pick up your keys or if he sees you reach for your purse or coat, then practice doing those things several times a day without actually leaving. Pick up your keys and put them back down. Do this multiple times. Later in the day, walk to the door and then back. Do that several times before really leaving.

Don’t make a big production about leaving

When leaving, make your goodbyes very casual. Cats can easily pick up on the emotions of their human family members. If you’re upset, then your kitty might also be upset.

Try to pinpoint if there are particular items that are causing your kitty stress

If there are particular objects that trigger the anxiety such as your keys, your purse, your brief case – then carry those around the house for a while each day so they are no longer an anxiety trigger.  This will help your cat become immune to these items.

Only you can pinpoint what is actually stressing out your cat.  Our kitties don’t hold on to bad memories for too long, so if you can change the behavior, play with your kitties and give them lots of love and praise, you can help reduce the anxiety in your cats.

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