Animals. Stress, anxiety: do cats suffer from your absence?

Although they are considered solitary and autonomous, it seems that our small felines are not indifferent to our absence and are not made to live alone.

At the moment of reunion, for example, it is not unusual for them to wait for us behind the door, stretch out at our feet, cover us with purrs or go through a phase of excitement to get our attention and reconnect with us.

Behaviors that show that they are really aware and calm about our return!

However, the expressions of joy and affection would be more or less pronounced, depending on the duration of the absence.

Anxiety and loneliness

According to a study carried out in 2020, some felines also show clear signs of separation anxiety, which on the other hand would be more linked to the feeling of loneliness and boredom than to attachment: 13% of cats are left alone at home for more than 6 hours a day, five to seven times a week they would suffer from behavioral problems (excessive meowing, dropping outside the litter box, apathy or even destruction).

In short, although they are more independent and less demonstrative than dogs, cats still need human presence.

No more than 24 hours alone

Leaving one or more cats alone for two or three days, even with food and water available, can have consequences on their well-being.

Beyond 24 hours of absence, and even if you have an automatic kibble dispenser, call a family member, neighbor or caregiver who visits your cat daily.

Also make toys available to your little companion and do not limit his living space.

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