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Back-To-School Season: Signs of Separation Anxiety in Cats to Look Out For

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A black and white cat displaying signs of separation anxiety in cats. She is lying down and looking sad.

Is your family getting ready for school to start again, and you’re starting to notice signs of separation anxiety in cats in your home? While most of us are familiar with this behavioral issue in our canine companions, have you ever wondered if our feline friends can experience similar emotions? As we prepare to spend more time outside the house, it’s important to consider how our absence might affect the health and well-being of our beloved cats. Let’s dive into this often-overlooked topic and explore ways to ensure your furry friends are content even when you’re not around.

The lazy days of summer are coming to an end. It’s time to get back into the routine of school and work. As our schedules change, so do our pets’ lives. Cats, known for their independent nature, might not seem as affected by our absence. However, it’s essential to understand that they, too, can experience emotions tied to being alone for extended periods.

While cats are generally more solitary animals compared to dogs, it’s a misconception that they don’t feel loneliness. Cats can form strong bonds with their human companions and even with other pets in the household. If your cat is used to having your company throughout the day and suddenly finds itself alone for extended hours, they might experience a sense of unease or even stress.

If you know your routine is about to change, you can help avoid stress with the help of natural supplements, environmental changes, increased playtime, and extra affection. 

Easy Ways to Calm your Cat While You’re Away

These are some easy steps you can take to help your cat adjust to your changing schedule and minimize separation anxiety:

  • Avoid sudden changes in your little one’s routine. If possible, start adjusting your cat’s alone time gradually. Spend slightly longer periods away to help them adapt.
  • Add natural calming supplements to their regimen a month before the changes to their routine. NHV Matricalm was vet-formulated to relieve anxiety and stress in cats and promote calm behavior.
  • Provide plenty of interactive toys, scratching posts, and window perches. These distractions can keep your cat engaged and entertained when you’re not around.
  • Leave on some calming music or a TV show with soothing sounds. Some cats find these ambient noises comforting.
  • Use food-dispensing toys or puzzle feeders to make mealtime more engaging, reducing boredom.
  • If it’s safe and your cat enjoys it, consider adopting another feline companion to keep them company.

Remember, every cat is unique! Some might adjust to longer alone times more easily than others. So, please pay attention to your cat’s behavior and emotions for signs of distress, and be prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure their well-being.

What are the Signs of Separation Anxiety in Cats? 

A cat meowing, which can be one of the signs of separation anxiety in cats.

Cats communicate in subtle ways. Some common signs of feline stress include excessive meowing, changes in appetite, hiding for prolonged periods, increased grooming, and litter box issues. Keep an eye out for these changes! As they might indicate that your cat is struggling with the shift in routine. 

Stress can also manifest in various ways, possibly triggering other health concerns like urinary tract infections (UTIs). Stress can weaken the immune system and affect the bladder, making cats more susceptible to urinary tract disorders. If you notice your cat struggling in the litter box, urinating outside the box, or displaying signs of discomfort, consult your veterinarian promptly. 

If you suspect stress-induced urinary issues in your kitty, consult with your trusted vet and discuss a natural solution like NHV Tripsy. This herbal blend was designed to keep the kidneys and urinary tract healthy.

Now that you know what signs of separation anxiety in cats look like spare some thought for your feline friend. By understanding their needs and taking steps to prevent and address separation anxiety, you can ensure that they remain happy, healthy, and stress-free even when you’re not by their side. Here’s to a smooth transition for both you and your furry companion from our team of Pet Experts at NHV!

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca is a holistic veterinarian from Brazil with a passion for natural and integrative medicine. She’s been studying integrative medicine and alternative (and healthier) diets since 2015, and now started to study the power of herbs with the NHV Family. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her golden retriever, Kuga.

Published: August 25, 2023

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