What is separation anxiety in dogs and cats?

Separation anxiety can be a common problem for many pets – more for dogs than cats, since cats can be extremely independent and carefree. Separation anxiety is a behavior condition and affects an animal when most often left alone. It may be evident in dogs through howling and barking as well as destruction of the home, trying to escape and possibly causing self-injury. 

Cats are not quite as obvious although they may stick to you like glue when you return home. It is a lack of confidence and its insecurity that causes the condition in cats, especially certain breeds such as the Burmese and Siamese

Helping an animal with separation anxiety may require medical treatment by your veterinarian and/or special training to ease your pet’s transition in your absence. The pet needs to feel more secure that when you leave, for whatever reason, you are indeed going to return home.


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