What will that mean for your cat?
During this extraordinary period most of us have been spending much more time at home. This is a big change in routine for our cats, who are now used to extra playtime and affection. Your cat’s happiness is greatly influenced by how you behave and what kind of lifestyle you offer – as the cat is a territorial species, their environment is everything.
By following these simple tips, you can reduce the level of anxiety and stress for your cat and will keep your home cat-friendly in these difficult times.
Helping your cat at home:
- Changes in routine can be unsettling for all of us, including our cats, so if you are working from home or self-isolating try to keep a consistent routine.
- With more family members at home, ensure cats have places to hide and rest away from the extra noise and easily accessible litter trays and other resources such as food and water.
- The use of disinfectants on pets may cause significant distress to both animals and humans, and potential toxicity or chemical burns (especially for cats), so this is not recommended at this time.
- If you sense your cat is anxious, products such as Feliway and Zylkene can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Below are some signs of stress in cats:
- A noticeable change in your cat’s usual pattern and behaviour
- Diarrhoea or vomiting
- Reluctance to use their litter tray
- Hiding more than usual
- Poor appetite or overeating
- Sleep disturbance and restlessness
- Aggressive behaviour
What will that mean for your dog?
During this extraordinary period, most of us have been spending much more time at home. This is a big change in routine for our dogs, who are getting extra walks, playtime and attention.
How will your dog feel when you go back to work?
Your dog loves having you home with endless opportunities to bond and play. But be mindful when you go back to normal, they might not understand the sudden changes.
Below are some signs of stress in dogs:
- Pacing and panting
- Obsessive licking more than usual
- Wide, darting eyes
After being home for so many weeks, your dog may struggle with some separation anxiety. A great way to help your furry friend is leave them some interactive toys (e.g. kongs and snuffle mats) to keep them busy. You can also leave your dog a specific item of clothing that smells like you! Products such as Adaptil and Zylkene can also help manage your dog’s stress and anxiety.
Here are some more tips that may help reduce your dog’s level of distress and anxiety as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
“I love that you’ve added playtime and training to my routine! Make sure you do this at a level which is sustainable so that you can keep it up when the restrictions end!”
“Just because we are both at home, doesn’t mean I need to be under your feet all day! It’s good for me to have some alone time outside or in another room.”
“I want to be with you all the time! But it’s best if sometimes you go without me. Try driving your car just out of sight and spending an hour reading or on the phone out there while I stay at home alone.”
“I love that you’re spending more time with me, but make sure I still have time for rest and sleep. Try to maintain my routine by keeping wake time, bedtime, feed time and walk times the same as before COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.”
If you have any concerns with your pet, we have our behavioural consults available at Angle Vale with Dr Kevin Reineck. To book an appointment, please call Angle Vale Clinic on 8284 7711 today.