What is separation anxiety?
Most people will associate separation anxiety with dogs, who by nature are pack animals. However, cats too can suffer from separation anxiety. This problem occurs in some cats when they have a particularly close bond with their owner. It may be the result of genetics and breed disposition or their individual personality or as a result of being hand reared from an early age.
What are the signs of separation anxiety?
Signs of separation anxiety may include:
- Inappropriate urination or defecation, sometimes this will be on the owner’s personal effects such as clothing, bedding etc.
- Excessive vocalisation
- Excessive grooming or hair pulling
- Hiding or sulking as the owner prepares to leave
- When the owner is home, the cat follows him/her around the house, from room to room
- Anorexia (loss of appetite)