Even just one week at home can affect a pet’s stress levels – it may have brought joy to many pets with constant companionship, but also increased stress on others with no break from the busy household. The common factor between both these types of animals is stress with change, but there are things that can be done to reduce the effect.
Animals that are enjoying having increased company during the lockdown may display signs of stress when there is an abrupt change and people are back at work and school, leaving them home alone. These pets can show signs of separation anxiety, and destructive behaviours. Pre-emptive management of separation anxiety now can lessen the impact, and destructive tendencies.
Ways to help reduce the effects of separation anxiety include:
If you are concerned your pet is likely to display significant separation anxiety or has done in the past, contact us now. Some cases require prescription medication, but this takes some time to become effective, so early treatment is best.
Cats that are showing stress during the lockdown, can be seen urinating small amounts often in the litter tray, doing inappropriate urination/spraying in the house, displaying restlessness, and an increase in avoidance behaviour. It is important to check that your cat is passing urine if they are going to the litter tray frequently, as a blocked bladder (normally in male cats) is life threatening.
Ways to help reduce the stress from people being home during lockdown include:
Give us a call if you need any help with the products discussed here and our vets can advise on the best diet for your pet.