Did you know that pets have the capability of feeling lonely? Just as human beings feel lonely when in solitude too often, pets also have the tendency of feeling lonely in such environments too. Such a feeling usually has a negative effect on the pet and may lead to some behavioral issues that may become unpleasant to its owner. As a pet owner, it is important that you know just how to detect and go about pet loneliness in order to avoid the aftermath of such loneliness. Furthermore, your pet will serve its purpose better if it is well taken care of and always has company.
There are many ways you can detect pet loneliness. However, you need to be keen, as such signs may easily pass off as the normal tantrums that may be thrown by the pet. The most common sign of pet loneliness is when the pet forgets that it is housebroken. The pet may start defecating and urinating in inappropriate areas. The most intriguing part is that they will always do this at least 30 minutes after you have left. This basically means that the pet is seeking attention that it feels is not getting. Diarrhea and vomiting due to stress levels that are high usually occurs in extreme cases.
The lonely pet may start developing destructive tendencies in addition to relieving themselves in restricted areas. Due to separation anxiety, the pet may decide to destroy everything that has your scent on it. This includes items like your shoes, clothes, and even furniture. Such aggressive and hyperactive tendencies are normally due to the anxiety. If it is a dog, it will go about destroying parts around the compound that it knows you wouldn’t want destroyed as it seeks attention. This may even make you start feeling some anger towards your pet and even at times think that your pet is coming down with something.
Treating pet loneliness does not entail visiting a veterinary doctor, though this is an option. As long as you have a grasp of the condition that your pet is going through, you will be able to help your pet overcome loneliness. The best way to go around this situation is avoiding medication and embracing methods that will help the pet holistically. Creating more quality time for your pet is one of the best ways to go. This way, you and your pet will be able to interact joyfully and in time the pet will be able to overcome the loneliness it feels. You may want to find the pet an alternative companion to keep it company while you are away. This way the pet will not feel lonely at all. This does not necessarily mean getting another pet. You could hire a pet sitter or have a nearby friend or teenager stop by and play with your pet during the hours you are away. Alternatively you can enroll your pet in a day care service. This way the pet will not feel lonely while you’re away as it will be able to interact with other pets and their keepers. In this way you will be treating pet loneliness without necessarily using anti-depressants that may be prescribed by the veterinary doctor.