MEDFORD, Ore. — Pets and their owners have been spending a lot more time together with stay at home orders in place across the country. For the most part, that's great news for both parties, but it can also lead to some problems.
For cats, having their owners home can throw off their schedule as they try to get used to not having the house to themselves. That can add stress to the cat if they don't have a place of solace.
"Keep an eye on your cats," Dr. Kristen Mason, a veterinarian and the owner of Lakeway Veterinary Hospital in Medford, said. "We have noticed an increase in the number of urinary tract problems because even though we feel like [cats] should be happy that we're home, they can actually be a little stressed because their routine has changed. So make sure they have a place to, I guess, hide and that you don't pester them too much."
As for the dogs, Dr. Mason says that they are most likely loving the fact that their owners are home more.
Many people may be thinking this could be a good time to get a new puppy, but there are some things to keep in mind. Because people are spending more time at home, the new dog may not be able to learn to properly socialize. And when owners are spending so much time with their furry friend, it could lead to other issues when stay at home orders begin to be lifted.
"We're wondering if they're going to end up having separation anxiety when we're all done and now they're home alone and just don't know how to handle that," Dr. Mason said.
But, Dr. Mason also says to not let that discourage you from getting a pet if you really want one and are ready for the responsibility.
"If you want a puppy get a puppy. I'm not going to say no," Dr. Mason said.