The popular stereotype is that cats barely notice their owners but the reality is that many of our feline friends love having us around. Even if they don’t sit close to you or directly ask you for scratches, they may still love seeing you home.
Some cats may even feel stressed if they are apart from their owners. They may develop separation anxiety as a result.
If you don’t address the problem right away, your cat may grow unequipped to ever be away from you. It may become an issue because you cannot be home 24/7.
Help your cat deal with his/her separation anxiety better by following the tips featured in this article.
Spend Time Away from Cat Even When You’re Home
It may be tough lesson to teach your cat; however, you need to show him/her that being together all the time while at home is not possible.
Close your bedroom door before going to sleep and keep your cat outside. You can also try to keep your pet in another room while using your home office.
Setting boundaries inside your home will help your cat understand the new routine.
Make Time to Bond with Your Pet Cat
Establishing boundaries with your cat is important but it’s not the only thing you should do. Carving out time to bond with your pet can also help him/her overcome separation anxiety. Bonding with your cat is helpful because it calms him/her down.
The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recommends spending around 10 minutes of your day to play and bond with your pet cat.
Leave the TV On Before You Leave
One last thing you can try to alleviate your cat’s separation anxiety is to leave the TV on. The TV sounds can serve as temporary distractions and make your cat feel as if he/she is not home alone.
If leaving the TV on makes you feel uneasy, try leaving behind a mobile phone you’re not using and play one of your favorite podcasts instead. The familiar voices should help your pet calm down as they wait for you to return home.
Separation anxiety does not have to be a problem your cat has to deal with for the rest of his/her life. Follow the tips in this article and see if they can help your cat relax as you go about your day.
It may take some time before your pet cat gets over his/her separation anxiety. Help him/her out by hiring a professional sitter 2-3 weeks before your trip for a weekly visit. TAILored Cat Services is happy to offer our services and you can find more about us by calling 425-923-7791 or by browsing our website.