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Pawl the cat became an internet sensation when a video captured him shedding tears of sorrow after his humans left for a vacation. This emotional display has touched the hearts of millions and shed light on the fact that cats, just like dogs, can experience separation anxiety.

The viral video, which has garnered over 10.1 million views to date, introduced the world to Pawl and his deep attachment to his owners. In the footage, Pawl can be seen meowing and wailing while sadly pacing around the house, moments after his humans’ departure.

The video’s creator shared this poignant moment with a caption that read, “Checked our cameras 10 minutes after we left for vacation and this is what I saw. Instant heartbreak. Almost turned the car around to take Pawl with us.”


The fact he’s walking around with his fish makes it that much sadder. (We have babysitters come on check him so he’s not too lonely.) #pets #fyp #popular #cats

♬ original sound – Pawl The Cat

While it’s commonly believed that dogs are more prone to separation anxiety, this video reminds us that cats, too, can experience distress when left alone. According to the Metropolitan Veterinary Center in Chicago, the signs of separation anxiety in cats can be as clear as they are in dogs. These warning signs include excessive meowing, crying, rapid eating, refusing food, inappropriate elimination outside of the litter box, and destructive behavior.

Thankfully, there are ways to help alleviate the emotional pain experienced by cats with separation anxiety. Simple measures like leaving the television on with soothing sounds or leaving behind a blanket that carries the owner’s scent can provide comfort to feline companions during their humans’ absence.

Since being shared on TikTok on September 5 by the user @CatNamedPawl, this heartwarming video has received an outpouring of Support. It has been liked by over 1.4 million users and received more than 12,000 comments.

We encourage everyone thinking of getting a pet to only adopt instead of shopping. Read more resources about adopting animals on One Green Planet, including 7 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Furry Best Friend5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Adopt a Pet, and These Heartwarming Before and After Pictures of Adopted Rescue Animals Will Make Your Day! Read tips for pet adoptions and what to consider before adopting an animal. We recommend using these apps to find shelter dogs near you!

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