We all know about dogs suffering from separation anxiety, but do cats suffer from it as well?

According to several vets and animal behaviourists, cats are likely to suffer some form of separation anxiety after lockdowns lift. Lockdowns have been tough on everyone, but our pets could be the ones which will find things more difficult after lockdown with us leaving the house more often and having to spend prolonged periods at home on their own.

It's far more difficult to diagnose and tell if a cat is experiencing separation anxiety or not as normally 64% of cats are securely attached to their owners which prevents separation anxiety. But more recently, due to lockdowns and restrictions with travel, a vast number of people are spending more time with their cats and now with restrictions lifting, it's putting cats in a more sensitive position as they will be left alone for longer periods throughout the day.

Cats, like most pets, like predictability and familiarity and don't tend to like stepping out of their comfort zones within their normal home environments. When change does happen, cats can display signs of annoyance or anger and act out in certain ways which are individual to each cat. 

It's thought that lack of mental stimulation can increase their chances of developing separation anxiety. Although it's down to the personality of the cat, cats that spend more time interacting with their owners rather than toys or external stimuli are more likely to develop separation issues.

Here are some other common reasons for why cats can suffer from separation anxiety:

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