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Back-to-school blues not just for children but pets too

Published on Sep 1, 2012 11:21 AM
 
A file picture taken on Aug 12, 2003 shows a girl and her dog running through some sprinklers to refresh themselves at the Champs de Mars in Paris. Toys get destroyed, tears flow and tantrums abound: it's not just children that find it tough at the end of the summer holidays. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Toys get destroyed, tears flow and tantrums abound: it's not just children that find it tough at the end of the summer holidays.

Pets are equally likely to have difficulty adapting to a more constrained lifestyle after weeks of freedom and many of them will develop full-blown cases of the "back-to-school blues", animal experts say.

In France, where month-long summer vacations are common, the problem is particularly acute.

"Every time we get back from holiday, my cat, Katou, uses my bed as a litter tray for several days," says Mr Philippe Uzan, the proud owner of a Siamese.

 
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