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Do cats get anxious or suffer from stress or separation anxiety? Yes, they do. During Pet Anxiety Awareness Week (June 24-30) we focus on how a cat parent can tell if his or her cat is anxious and how to alleviate the stress the cat is suffering from.
It is a myth that cats don’t like people and that they prefer to be alone. Cats may not be as enthusiastic as dogs in the way they show affection, but they do appreciate being with “their people” and they do miss them when they are gone. Cats also tend to sleep most of the day, and there is nothing a cat likes better than a soft and warm patch of grass to lay on under the sun for hours.
However, for those times when your cat is awake, he may seek you out. Your cat may meow until you call his name, then he may come running to the room in which you’re in. He may not jump into your lap and snuggle in the way a dog would, but your cat appreciates knowing you’re there.
How can you tell if your cat is stressed or anxious?
How can you help your cat deal with his or her separation anxiety and stress?
First, you do need to consult with your veterinarian so he or she can rule out any underlying health issues. Once you’ve done that, try some of these methods:
During Pet Anxiety Awareness Week, take some time to get to the underlying issue of your cat’s anxiety and work with your veterinarian to come up with solutions. If your cat is happy, healthy and not anxious, you’re doing something right. Keep up the good work!