Is My Cat Depressed?

You’re probably familiar with Grumpy Cat. You may also realize that your cat can be a Grumpy Cat. Cats are very well known for their differentiating and often, conflicting personalities. Sometimes anxious, other times reserved and even inquisitive.

And what about if your cat is acting depressed? Are you wondering if cats even suffer from depression? The answer is yes & no. 

Is my cat depressed?

Oftentimes, cats can exhibit depressed behaviour, but overall, the general consensus between experts is that they do not experience the same type of depression that humans do. However, this does not mean that cat depression is not real and recognized. It’s just really difficult to spot.

What are signs that show that your cat is depressed?

There are a number of ways you can diagnose whether your cat is depressed or not, however some of these can also indicate other underlying problems.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Avoidance behaviour
  • Less active in a physical sense
  • Abnormal behaviour such as hissing
  • Weight loss 
  • Altered behaviour

So what causes depression in cats? Well there are a number of reasons. 

  • Arrival of a new pet
  • Loss of an owner 
  • Stray cats in the yard 
  • Family disruption, such as divorce 
  • New baby 
  • Owner of the cat going on vacation 
  • Construction work at home

Okay so you’ve read all the way here and you truly believe your cat may be depressed. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. 

How to treat cat depression?

  • Build Routine – Cat’s are a creature of habits and routine. If they are faced with uncertainty, they may feel depressed. If you noticed that their routine is off, bring it back.
  • Mental Stimulation – Boredom can affect cats very much like it affects humans. Avoid it. Occupy the cat’s mind with activities and exercises. 
  • Play with your cats and mimic hunting activities
  • Cat scratch posts – Provide your feline with a sturdy scratch post and let them get on with it.
  • Obedience Training – I’m sure you’re wondering? Is that even possible. Yes. Cats can be trained and it’s a great tool to build a bond and help fight depression.
  • High viewpoints – Cats love high places. Create a safe space for them where they can have a high up vantage point to see the world around them.

Depression in cats is a real thing. Recognize your cat’s normal behaviour, and see how its changed to identify early signs of depression. 

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