A recent survey asked pet owners in Australia how their cats reacted to having humans at home more during the recent lockdowns.
While some cat owners noted no difference at all in how their cats behaved, some others did note a change in their pet’s behavior and they were split on whether their companions liked it or hated it.
As we all know, cats are not “one-size-fits-all”. Each cat is very unique and behaves in its own fashion. So then, what did they find out?
There was a “roughly equal” split between people who said their cats became happier and more affectionate during the lockdown, and people who said their cats seemed “put out” that humans were in their space all the time which suggests that probably, it all depends very much on the type of cat.
Although all pets, in general, could experience stress from the changes brought about by lockdown, cats, in particular, may suffer more from the constant presence of kids.
“Cats can be overwhelmed by having people around when they weren’t expecting them, especially young kids, who tend to add more noise and chaos,” – experts say.
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Both dogs and cats can experience stress after they’ve gotten used to the new routine of people being around a lot, and then that suddenly changes.
While people tend to think of dogs as more apt to get separation anxiety, it’s a “real thing” for felines to get it too.