Even though most people think of cats as being very independent creatures who can do fine on their own, the truth is that cats, just like dogs and people, experience separation anxiety when they are away from the people and pets that they love. So, whether you are going on vacation or you need to take a business trip, there are certain steps you should take before you leave in order to ensure your cat will be secure and content while he is left home alone.
Create a Fun and Stimulating Environment
Your cat will be less anxious while you are away if he has plenty to do while you are gone so that he does not get bored. Cat trees and cat perches are great options when it comes to giving your cat places to relax. And a view to the outdoors will allow your pet to watch some of the wildlife outside.
Leaving toys out is fine as long as they are not the kind of toys that your pet can accidentally ingest or choke on. Strings, or wands with long strings on them, should be stored away when you are not playing with your cat. However, you can leave out small balls, stuffed mice, and catnip-filled toys for your pet to find and play with.
Leaving relaxing music playing, or having the TV on with an interesting show about animals can also help your cat stay occupied while you are away from home.
Get Your Cat a Companion
Getting another cat that will be your current cat’s companion is yet another great way to ease his anxiety when you are not home. They can play together, snuggle and nap together, and generally be cats around each other, really understanding one another and keeping each other company when their human companion is not around. Even other pets, such as pocket pets, caged birds, and dogs, can serve as wonderful friends, or distractions, to your cat to make him feel at ease and less lonely.
Bach Flower Remedies, including Rescue Remedy, are very popular when it comes to relieving anxiety and stress in pets, especially because they are completely natural and do not cause any side effects.
St. John’s Wort is a popular remedy for humans suffering with depression, but it can also work on pets. It does not suppress mental activity or cause drowsiness, but it can help animals relax. When combined with vitamins B12 and folic acid, which support the healthy functioning of the nervous system, pets can feel calmer.
The amino acid phenylalanine can also have a calming effect on your cat, as it works to naturally ease depression and elevate the mood of your pet. This, too, can support the nervous system and the adrenal glands, which are adversely affected by any type of stress.
You can also use homeopathic remedies and other herbal remedies to relax your cat, but these should be used under the guidance of a vet who can assure you they are safe for your pet’s current state of health.
If you cannot find any other way to ease your cat’s separation anxiety, prescriptions may need to be prescribed by your veterinarian. As is the case with all other pet health concerns, you want to be absolutely certain your vet prescribes the appropriate medication at the right dosage.
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