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Do Cats Have Separation Anxiety?

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Do cats get lonely or anxious when their humans are gone? You bet. A study published last week, “Identification of separation-related problems in domestic cats,” in the journal PLOS ONE takes another bite out of the myth that cats aren’t bothered by being left alone for extended periods of time.

According to the study, more than 1 in 10 cats display behaviors that may indicate separation-related anxiety. This is very similar to the incidence of separation-related problems reported for dogs.

Some of the separation-related behavior problems seen in cats are also seen in dogs, such as destructive behavior, excessive vocalization, and peeing in inappropriate places.

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