Friday, February 5, 2010
Do cats get separation anxiety? Although it's more common in dogs, cats can feel it, too.
For most cats, aloofness is just a myth. They are extremely sociable and bond deeply with people and other animals -- which means they can feel just as stressed and uneasy as dogs do when left alone. Common signs include hiding; "going" where they shouldn't; meowing or grooming constantly; and being destructive, clingy, or sullen. Fortunately, separation anxiety can be treated. If your cat shows any of these signs, call your vet to rule out a physical cause (especially if you notice litter-box problems, which may indicate a urinary tract blockage).