Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – How Does Your Cat Miss You? Let Me Count the Ways

Do cats suffer from separation anxiety like some dogs do? Symptoms of separation anxiety can vary from animal to animal. A dog or cat or hamster (perhaps), who finds himself alone and bored and especially unhappily alone for long hours or even one hour, might respond in some destructive way. Dogs are known to chew shoes, dig the carpet up, yank things out of the closet, pull things off the counters, eat a platter of cupcakes, and bring things in from outside that do not belong inside. Cats with separation anxiety are sometimes known to urinate and defecate outside the litter box—often on her owners’ clothing and bed. Some will over-groom to the point where they leave bald spots.

If you have such a cat, know that there is help. There are things you can do to ease the problem. Here’s a site with ideas for managing your cat’s separation anxiety: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/10-ways-to-manage-cat-separation-anxiety

In our household, we don’t have a problem with symptoms of separation anxiety, but we sure do get the sad face when we’re preparing to leave. Or is that our imagination (feelings of guilt because we’re leaving)? Here’s Lily as I was packing for our recent weekend trip to Half Moon Bay to attend a wedding. Hard to leave that little face.

Sometimes when we return home, we get the cold shoulder. This time, however, both girls came running when they heard us walk through the back door. Sweet. Or was it because it was supper time.

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