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Does your cat suffer from separation anxiety? Here's how you can help it

Separation anxiety can manifest itself in various ways, such as excessive meowing, destructive behaviour or obvious signs of stress.

In this photo gallery, we explore different strategies and techniques to help your cat feel calmer and safer when you are away. From environmental enrichment activities to desensitisation techniques, you will find practical tips and useful suggestions for relieving separation anxiety in your cat: moments of positive interaction and environments adapted to the needs of anxious cats.

We hope that this photo gallery is inspiring and provides useful hints to improve your cat's life and strengthen your special bond.

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Does your cat suffer from separation anxiety? Here's how you can help it
Separation anxiety can manifest itself in various ways, such as excessive meowing, destructive behaviour or obvious signs of stress. In this photo gallery, we explore different strategies and techniques to help your cat feel calmer and safer when you are away. From environmental enrichment activities to desensitisation techniques, you will find practical tips and useful suggestions for relieving separation anxiety in your cat: moments of positive interaction and environments adapted to the needs of anxious cats. We hope that this photo gallery is inspiring and provides useful hints to improve your cat's life and strengthen your special bond.
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Enhancing the habitat
Improving the cat's environment is crucial for their well-being. You need to assess the current habitat and create opportunities for your cat to express natural behaviour. Use food puzzles to simulate hunting, put in vertical structures for climbing and scratching posts for claw wear. Toys, catnip, ropes and cardboard boxes stimulate play and predatory instincts. Weekly clicker training is recommended.
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Managing the departure better
Interact with your cat in a loving manner, avoid overly turbulent starts and finishes to avoid aggravating anxiety. Use training signals such as 'go to the mat' followed by rewards and cuddles. Gradually make the mat a comfort zone, teaching your cat to manage stress and interact positively with its surroundings.
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Safe area
Create a dedicated area for stressed and inactive cats with food, water, beds, high areas, scratching post and separate litter box. Make sure you also provide a pheromone diffuser, scented owner's clothes and relaxing cat music. Allow the cat to freely explore the area, creating a positive association with treats and toys.
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Getting used to stressful situations through desensitization
If your cat manifests anxiety when it sees objects such as keys or clothes that indicate your departure, you can help it get used to such situations. Desensitise it by simulating these activities without leaving, repeating them several times a day. Start with short outings and gradually increase the time outside until it calms down. Repeat the training regularly to encourage adaptation.
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