|Purred: Fri Jun 1, '12 9:07am PST |
|My Cat Clyde is 4 years old and has been displaying signs of severe separation anxiety. It has gotten worse over the past year, though I have not moved or made any major changes in my routine. He displays all the symptoms I have found diagnosing him:
- Anxious behavior before I leave for work
- Heartbreaking howling after I leave for at least an hour (I recorded him)
- When I come home he is usually right in front of the door (although he could have heard me coming up the stairs and ran there)
- Insane behavior when I return, including running fills speed around the house, or falling at my feet and showing me his tummy while making mewing noises
- Following me around the house so closely I often step on him or trip
- When I lay down for bed he immediately stretches out next to me and will not move all night unless I lock him out of my room. Which makes him cry.
- Recently, and worst of all, he has started eliminating (poo) on my things when I am gone - couch, bed, laundry. Actually, a lot of the time he waits until I come home and does it when he knows I will notice. That requires foresight I didn't think cats had.
Obviously there are a lot of reasons I would like to get him help, and not only because my stuff smells bad. I hate to think he is so sad, just because I am gone! I have a roommate but in Clyde's world he might as well not even exist. He never eliminates on my roommate's things, I don't know how he knows the difference.
Everything I have read about separation anxiety/attachment disorders says affected cats were kittens who were weaned too early. Well this can't be true because Clyde's mom gave birth to him in my closet and they haven't been apart a day since. His mother weaned him naturally at around 12 weeks, with no interference from me. Pandora (mom cat), Clyde and Clyde's sister Bee live together in my 2 bedroom apartment. The other two act like aloof cats, don't love to be snuggles or held, sleep alone, and don't particularly care when I come or go, so long as they have food.
the vet says there is nothing wrong with him physically, but I really want to treat him somehow. Does anyone have any advise or experience with this? I hate to think I did something wrong when I was raising him to make him love me so much!
This is me and Clyde: http://www.catster.com/cats/856541/photo/5533370
Edited by author Fri Jun 1, '12 9:13am PST
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