March/April 2021: Relating to Pets

As life returns to some sense of normality, humans are out and about much more, having good times out and baout, running errands, visiting others and returning to work. 

A family or person’s ‘best friend’, their pets, may become stressed and anxious as a result of these long absences or when they sense that there will be long separations from their owner. This can affect mainly dogs and cats and results in behaviours that you would not normally see your pet do. It is commonly termed ‘separation anxiety’.

Sometimes the human leaving is anxious about their pet, sometimes the pet staying is anxious, sometimes both. With a few tips you can make this process easier for you pet and yourself. After all, pets are unable to express how they feel about you leaving, in words. We can make it easier for them, so that they feel less stressed and have less need to express themselves through their behaviour.

As I know more about human behaviour than animal behaviour I will offer you a few tips, however, it is best to source further tips from your more knowledgeable vet, friends or the internet.

  • Spend increasingly more hours away from home over a period of time.
  • Leave a recently worn piece of clothing in a prominent position for your pet to smell.
  • Make sure your pets have food and water to eat and drink while you are away.
  • Have a calming space in the home that is for the pet to go to and rest while you are away.
  • See leaving and returning home as a part of everyday life and routine.
  • Use technology such as a video camera that you can access from your phone to see how your loved pet is doing while you are away.  

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