Lately, have you noticed mood or personality changes happening to your cat? Maybe you should take the time to check on what’s going on. Your cat might be suffering from depression. Yes, cats can suffer from depression but this is not similar to a person who is diagnosed with clinical depression.
Unfortunately, the symptoms can be caused by the variety of reasons and conditions. It is important that we can understand our furbabies. Veterinarians don’t have diagnostic criteria for cats like psychologists have for humans. They would assess them through activities and behavioural patterns.
Signs of a depressed cat:
- Your cat can’t talk so try to be observant and see if they got signs of depression.
- Oversleeping. Cats normally sleep around 12 to 16 hours daily. However, if you start noticing that your cat is sleeping excessively and lack its interest in things then you should do something to aid your cat.
- Poor appetite. Cats love to eat but a depressed cat doesn’t have the appetite to eat.
- Hiding or clinging too much. We really love our cats to cling on us or play hide-on-seek but these are things you need to check properly. It can work as an indicator of depression.
Poor grooming. You will notice that a cat is not happy when they can’t groom themselves. There can be hair loss and they look as not as charming as they used to. They scratch a lot which could scar or leave marks on their body.
Low-pitched meows. Cats are noisy by nature but you should take note on what type of voice or purr they do.
Know the causes and get the right assistance
After a thorough evaluation of their condition, try to bring them to an expert and check for tests that might help you in understanding their situation. Their physical health must be examined to secure that there can be nothing to bother them. It is always important to know what are the stressors.
Veterinarians would provide a prescription that perfectly works fine with the cats you go to understand how each of them works to the system if the cat. Another good reason why you need to check on your cat is that they might be injured. Early prevention can stop complications in the future.
A lost in the family member can be painful and your cat is also affected. This can an animal, a person, or both. This can be temporary but be cautious in adding or making them meet a new family member. Take it slow and allow to adjust on how your cat would react to it.
Making them feel better again
After all the observations and tests that were conducted, spend more time to your cat. Give more quality time and make them feel that they loved. Just like us humans, we feel better once we notice the support we got from our friends and family.
Give them a place where they can enjoy their time alone. Also, don’t forget to play with them. This exercises their body and regain their energetic vibe. Make sure you giving them the right nutrition with their meals.