Charlie was my future wife’s cat of 4 decades. Some 6 years back, when we moved in together, Charlie was aloof and prevented me, at least initially. Once she realized I was here to stay, she began accepting me. Initially, a bit stand-offish, but slowly accepting me to the point that she would lay on my lap to the dismay of my wife. My job at the time was on the street, with periods of time in the home. We soon noticed that when I was off, Charlie would groom herself too, to the purpose of producing a bald spot on her flank. On my retirement, the only time we were off was every 2 months, my wife had to come back to the hospital she worked for to do their citizenship. We would be off for 2 -3 days every 2 weeks. On our return, we would discover that Charlie had vomited all over the home, and on our bed. The reason we know this, once on birth in the home, we walked in on her vomiting. Whenever we brought out our suitcases to pack for our trip, Charlie would hide out, under the bed, the couch, or under the dining table to prevent us.
It took some time but Charlie and Bubba became great buddies. The only sign with him was on our return he wouldn’t let us out of sight. If you went to the restroom, he had to be there. He would walk with me, rubbing up against me, to the extent as to nearly trip me.
In doing research, all of these are symptoms of separation anxiety in cats. Some state being orphaned or being weaned early can predispose the development of Raccoon Control. As this topic gets more study, there could be more info garnered.
Things to do would be subjective. The first thing is to get the veterinarian do a complete physical to ensure that the behavior isn’t due to some underlying physical issue. This may involve blood work, urinalysis, thyroid testing, or a blood pressure test.
Some other suggestions include making the time of passing less stressful by making changes in the normal routine. Some experts suggest that for 15 minutes before leaving and upon return home, the operator should dismiss the cat. Leaving a distracting toy can be helpful. Someone suggested hiding yummy treats in a variety of places in the home. A kitty tower with toys attached close to a window could help. Sometimes they simply enjoy seeing what is going on outside.
Some experts have said that in some situations the short-term utilization of anti-anxiety medications might be needed. You have to be aware that these aren’t labeled specifically for use in cats and should / must be prescribed and monitored by your vet.