Problem Behavior When Left Alone
Cats rarely develop separation anxiety problems
that are so common in dogs. Most cats aren’t bothered
by your routine, daily absences. Your cat may take these
opportunities however to do things you don’t allow
her to do when you are home, such as getting on the counters,
looking for food in the trash or lying on furniture she
shouldn’t. You may be able to prevent these behaviors
by using harmless “booby-traps” such as SSSCat™ and/or by providing her with a
more enriching environment .
Cats sometimes are fearful, anxious and distressed when left alone for longer
times, such as when you go on vacation or away for the
weekend. Your cat may not eat well, may hide from the person
you’ve arranged to come in to care for her, may meow
a lot or not
use her litterbox reliably.
Because these signs can also be indications that your
cat is ill, you should have her checked thoroughly by your
veterinarian. Check with your cat caretaker to be sure
that this person is keeping the box just as clean as you
would if you were home. If she isn’t, that’s
most likely the reason for your cat’s soiling behavior.
Your cat is not relieving herself outside the box because
she is mad at you for leaving her. Animals don’t
do things for mean-spirited reasons.
We don’t recommend jumping the gun and acquiring
a new cat to keep your present cat company. Your cat may
not be the type to enjoy having another cat around, and if
the cats don’t get along you haven’t
helped your cat.
PRODUCTS THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND, PREVENT AND RESOLVE PROBLEMS WHEN YOUR CAT IS LEFT HOME ALONE
To learn how to provide an enriching environment
for your cat and to prevent problems such as climbing on
things, elimination and destructive scratching problems,
get our DVD Helping Kitty Be
Good. Here you’ll learn what cats
want and need to be healthy and happy in your home.
The Ssscat Automated Cat Repellant delivers
a harmless but effective puff of air whenever your cat
gets near it. Place it on counters or other places or near
things you don’t
want your cat near.