HOW CAN I TELL IF MY CAT HAS SEP­A­RA­TION ANX­I­ETY?

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Be­cause fe­line sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety is more sub­tle than its ca­nine coun­ter­part, cases can go un­di­ag­nosed or mis­di­ag­nosed for years! If you sus­pect your kitty may have sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety, keep an eye out for th­ese symp­toms:

Elim­i­nat­ing out­side the lit­ter box or on your bed or clothes

Over-groom­ing (This is like the cat ver­sion of bit­ing one’s fin­ger­nails.)

Loss of ap­petite, vom­it­ing, or di­ar­rhea

De­struc­tive be­hav­ior, such as knock­ing things off ta­bles and coun­ter­tops, and scratch­ing the door

Ex­ces­sive me­ow­ing (This doesn’t al­ways hap­pen, but when it does, it’s a sure sign of sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety.)

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