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Missing My Emotional Support Animal (My Cat)

January 5, 2022 TJ DeSalvo

I was gone for over a week seeing my family for the holidays, and that means I had to leave my cat, who is my emotional support animal. I had never left him alone for that long before, and even though I have a cat-sitter who I trust unconditionally, it’s always hard to leave him. Being away from my emotional support cat makes me anxious, and though there’s no way I can know for sure what he’s thinking, I’m sure it makes him anxious too.

Thinking About What My Emotional Support Cat Does When I’m Gone

I always wonder what my cat does when I’m away. I usually spend a lot of time with him, so I wonder if he feels confused when things aren’t normal. I know cats generally like routines, so maybe he does his best to try and feel as normal as he can. He tends to sleep a lot, so I like to imagine he spends even more time sleeping just to make the time pass. Or maybe he doesn’t even experience time in the same way that I do.

Either way, I try to set up his environment so that it’s as close as it can be to when I’m actually at home. My cat-sitter comes at around the same times as when I usually feed him. I know I would be disturbed if my routine had to change so significantly, so I try to do my best to avoid him feeling like that because I know he would appreciate it.

What I Do When I’m Not with My Cat

It’s harder for me to make those sorts of adjustments because there’s no way I can have the one thing that would take away my worry: namely being with my cat. That being the case, I do have a few things I can do to help make the separation anxiety a little easier to deal with. I always have a number of pictures of him on my phone that I can look at, and I always feel happier when I do.

That doesn’t always help completely, though. Most of what I have to do is to remind myself that even though I can’t be there to see it, he is okay. He is always well taken care of, and when I come back, he is always happy to see me. When I came back this last time, he rubbed and purred for almost 20 minutes straight.

I’ll always have to have time when I’m away from him. I can never change that. But it’s comforting knowing that it’s not permanent, and in a short time, it’ll change, and I’ll be with him again.

APA Reference
DeSalvo, T. (2022, January 5). Missing My Emotional Support Animal (My Cat), HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, September 25 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2022/1/missing-my-emotional-support-animal-my-cat



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