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Separation Anxiety in Cats
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taychap08 posted:
I recently moved out of my family home and left behind my cat. Everyday since I have been gone, my cat his been crying constantly and appears to go through cycles of anxiety and depression. I am unable to take my cat with me to my new home and I do not want him to be unhappy. I live close enough to visit him but I am not sure if that will make the situation better or worse. He was at the vet not too long ago and does not have any health reasons that could be contributing to the problem. How long will it take him to get over this? My other family members play with him and let him sleep in their room (previously he slept in mine). Any suggestions?
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Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
How touching that your cat is missing you but also how distressing for the cat and the family. Even though your cat was seen by your veterinarian not too long ago, I would recommend that for your ease of mind that you have it examined again and have a general blood/urine panel run to be sure that everything looks as good in the inside as it does on the out. A great deal can change in even a short amount of time.

If the lab work is normal, you may consider using the Felliway diffusers as a calming agent. I have also used the homeopathic product called Rescue Remedy by Bach, Original Flower Essence for calming. You can put a small amount on your finger and apply to inside of your cat's ears, a few drops into the water or directly into it's mouth.

Time can also help. I think it would be good to visit for you and the cat.

Dr. Bernadine Cruz


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