Anxiety related behaviour
Cats with separation anxiety often follow a favorite person everywhere. When that person leaves, whether running an errand or travelling for business, the cat may:
- Misbehave or sulk
- Become depressed
- Cry or wander
- Refuse to eat
- Go to the toilet outside the litter box
- Spray urine on the person's bed or clothing
- Groom compulsively
- Exhibit other destructive behaviors, such as scratching furniture
Separation anxiety is not often completely cured, but it can be managed with attention, diversion or medication.
ENRICH YOUR CAT'S ALONE TIME
Often, the best way to alleviate separation anxiety is to teach your cat to entertain themselves.
- Put toys throughout the house. Rotate them frequently so there's always something new.
- Put kibbles in a play treat ball, so they has to bat it around to get the food.
- Leave the television on. Tune it to a channel such as Discovery, so your cat can see and hear nature programs that feature birds and other small animals. Or play a video made just for cats.
- Position a cat tree in front of a window so they can see outdoors.
- Install a bird feeder outside a window so your cat can watch the live entertainment.
- Tune the radio to calming classical music or a station that's often on when you're home.