Pets owners might enjoy being home with their furry friends but veterinarians are warning lockdown can affect animal stress levels in different ways.
Greencross Vets White Hills senior veterinarian Jack Lang said cats and dogs willl be stressed by different things while families are in stage three lockdown.
"Cats probably don't handle it as well (as dogs)," Dr Lang said. "Cats like their own time and a few conditions can see cats end up urinary problems if they are stressed. We have seen an increase in cats presenting with that."
Dr Lang said dogs were more relaxed with owners working from home but that other restriction could cause anxiety in canines.
"Most people are finding their dogs are happier but with everyone walking around with masks, dogs can be anxious or unsure if approached by person when their facial features are covered," he said.
"It changes what they are seeing - the cues and triggers on the interaction."
PetStock veterinarian Sasha Nefedova said a pet's natural ability to understand and respond to human expression was a significant part their relationship with people.
"With face masks now being mandatory in Victoria and encouraged to be worn in other parts of the country, for pets, seeing their owners wear face masks may cause them to feel scared or anxious, particularly for those that are naturally timid or shy," Dr Nefedova said.
Dr Nefedova said gradually introducing a face mask in a familiar space would help dogs feel more comfortable with them.
"The key is to keep these sessions short and sweet to prevent your pet from becoming irritated, tired, or anxious," she said. "It's important to make positive associations with face masks, so rewarding your pet with treats while you're wearing the mask will help keep them relaxed.
"Using food as a reward is a powerful tool for shaping positive social behaviors, building trust, and providing reassurance."
Dr Nefedova said there were a number of activities that could help keep your pets healthy and stimulated in lockdown including treasure hunts, agility courses, grooming and training sessions.
She said it was important to monitor your pet's mental health during self-isolation.
"A few common changes that may indicate an anxious pet include excessive licking of lips, panting, turning away, excessive yawning or a sudden disinterest in food," she said.