Pets Radar is an Internet menace

Pets Radar is a website on the Internet which – as far as I am concerned – is a menace and Google should delist it from search results forthwith without compunction. And why am I so fiercely hostile towards this website? Because they consistently publish rubbish information about cats. He is in example. They have a headline today as follows: “32 cat breeds most likely to suffer from separation anxiety”. It is even badly written as it should read “32 cat breeds that are most likely to experience separation anxiety”.

Pets Radar lies about cat behavior to get hits
Pets Radar lies about cat behavior to get hits
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It is completely ridiculous to suggest that the cats of one cat breed are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety than another. All domestic cats whether they are non-purebred or purebred will be prone to suffering from separation anxiety if they live with a good cat caregiver and that person is away from home for a long time and often. This is a foregone conclusion and is entirely disconnected with whether the cat is purebred or not. It depends on their lifestyle of course. If a cat is tapped indoors all the time it is more likely. If they can go outside unsupervised it is less likely.

This is about individual cats and the general domestic cat character. They are sociable creatures. They are connected to their owner; bonded in fact in most cases or they should be. They are dependent upon their owner for sustenance and company. Their world revolves around their owner. They behave like kittens towards their surrogate feline mother which happens to be a human being.

When the mother disappears for a day or two, they can experience separation anxiety. If the cat caregiver is away all day at work from eight in the morning until nine at night the cat will likely suffer from separation anxiety and, as stressed, this emotion is independent of whether they are purebred or not. Constant stress from this condition can negatively impact health.

You might, at a stretch, argue that some breeds tend to have individual cats which are more timid than other breeds but I can’t even say that really to be honest. This is about individual cats and whether they are timid or confident but even timidity and confidence doesn’t really affect the emotion of separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is not about a cat being anxious generally because they are timid it’s about not being with their caregiver for a long time which can make any kind of cat anxious be they confident or timid.

For me, it is irresponsible of Pets Radar to be writing articles like this. It’s just cynical mumbo-jumbo. It is click bait. It is cynicism at its worst on the Internet. And Google finds this website and in effect promotes it.

The best websites have spent years trying to educate people about cat behaviour and here we have a website which acts irresponsibly and has no regard for education. Their primary concern is how to get hits and they don’t care if they are misleading potential cat owners and effectively lying to Internet users. It’s disgraceful as far as I’m concerned.

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Tell me about cat separation anxiety

Cats can definitely experience separation anxiety, just like dogs. It happens when they become stressed or anxious when left alone for extended periods. There are a few reasons why this might happen, like changes in routine, certain personality traits, or even how they were raised as kittens.

Here are some signs to look for that might indicate your cat has separation anxiety:

  • Unusual vocalization: Excessive meowing, yowling, or crying when you’re not around.
  • Litter box problems: Going outside the litter box to eliminate.
  • Destructive behavior: Scratching furniture, clawing at carpets, or knocking things over.
  • Changes in appetite: Not eating or drinking while you’re gone, or eating too fast when you return.
  • Excessive grooming: Over-licking themselves to the point of hair loss.
  • General restlessness: Pacing, hiding, or seeming more startled than usual.

If you think your cat might be suffering from separation anxiety, there are things you can do to help. Creating a routine, providing them with enrichment activities while you’re gone, and gradually increasing the amount of time they spend alone are all good approaches. If the problem is severe, you may want to consult with your veterinarian or a certified animal behaviorist.

What are the health implications for separation anxiety in cats?

Chronic separation anxiety can take a toll on your cat’s physical and mental health. Here’s how:

  • Stress-related illnesses: The constant anxiety can weaken your cat’s immune system, making them more susceptible to infections and other illnesses.
  • Self-inflicted injuries: Destructive behaviors like excessive scratching or chewing can lead to wounds and infections.
  • Urinary tract problems: Eliminating outside the litter box can irritate the bladder and urethra, leading to urinary tract infections.
  • Digestive issues: Changes in appetite or stress-induced vomiting can cause dehydration and malnutrition.
  • Depression: In severe cases, ongoing anxiety can lead to depression.

By addressing your cat’s separation anxiety, you can improve their overall health and well-being.

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