Is Your Cat Sad? (Signs and Causes of Cat Depression)
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Visible Clues That Point to Cat Depression
Each cat has its own unique personality, and some are more sociable than others, but when a typical social cat suddenly becomes calm and reserved, it can be concerning.
In most cases, cat owners do not know why their cat is sad or depressed. But if you're looking for signs, you can be sure that it can only be temporary. Also, discover some common causes of depression in cats and the best course of action.
Signs of a depressed cat
A photo is better than a thousand words. This is what your cat looks like. Look for any signs of possible depression in your cat.
Vocal cues or changes in vocalization
Your cat may meow more or less than usual. These are very audible signs that your cat may be unhappy. These unfortunate sounds are generally deep, sad screams.
Purring doesn't always mean happiness, and an unhappy kitty can spin more for convenience, too. Other cats that are normally noisy may be quiet, while quiet cats may turn up the volume.
Sometimes your cat's body language can warn you of his bad luck, and there are many eyes, ears, fur, and body positions that can indicate this.
Restricted ears, hidden tails, the hair on limbs, and other body markings are all forms of silent communication that can make your cat sad.
Aggression or fear
Sad cats tend to be more reactive and act aggressively or fearfully. If you notice changes in behavior that make your cat feel fearful or unusually aggressive, she may be feeling sad.
Tied up or hidden, or personality changes
A sad cat may lose interest in the activities it does, withdraws, and hide. Calmer cats can become clingy or fussy, and the fear of strangers, which all cats seem to share, can increase when a cat is sad.
Cats tend to sleep a lot, but sad or depressed cats sleep even more. If your preferred napping position has changed, this could also indicate sadness.
Poor attention or changes in attention
This can be a sign of an accident and illness. Cats that are upset or depressed often stop caring for themselves and leave their fur very concerned.
Do not eat and do not change the appetite
If your cat has stopped eating or if you have noticed a sudden change in appetite, he may not be satisfied with something. Bored cats can disturb the food they previously ate and even lose interest in their favorite treats.
Spray or change your toilet habits
A sad cat can use his own scent to make him feel better when urinating in inappropriate places. There are many reasons to pee out of the trash, but stress, depression, and sadness top the list.
Your cat may urinate in high-quality places like gazebos, your bedroom, or places where the smell of a dead animal or missing person lingers to give off its scent.
If your cat gets dirty with litter, he should be raising a red flag.
When your cat is sad or depressed, he may scratch objects more than usual to relieve stress and mark his territory.
Reasons why a cat can get depressed
There can be many reasons why a cat can become depressed. Cats can cry. They come into contact with human and non-human family members and may cry when the dynamics of the relationship are lost. Whatever the reason, give him more time and attention until his happiness level improves. If pain is the cause, take your cat to the vet.
Illnesses can make your cat feel uncomfortable and possibly even painful. The cat may not be a player if it has difficulty moving. The cat may feel nauseous, not want to eat, have hormonal imbalances, or lack energy due to illness.
Conditions like fatty liver, FIV, FeLV, upper respiratory diseases, diabetes, hypothyroidism, dental disease, and more are serious health problems that can affect your cat's happiness. If you suspect that your cat is depressed because he is ill, you should make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.
Injuries can limit your cat's ability to do the things he once loved. Pain after an injury can also keep your cat from feeling as happy as usual. Be sure to follow your vet's recommendations for pain relief.
If your cat seems to be in pain, make an appointment to get it checked out. Previous surgeries and injuries can also cause persistent pain or discomfort for your cat and require relief from chronic pain.
The loss of a loved one
Losing a family member is always difficult for everyone involved, and your cat is no exception. If a family member (human or animal) dies or moves out, your cat may cry and become depressed.
This is usually a temporary behavior, and over time, your cat will return to normal. If your cat is depressed because another cat in the house has died, it may (or may not) benefit from a new cat friend.
Be careful if you add another roommate to your family too early. Weather is usually the best medicine for big changes in family members, but there are also natural remedies like pheromones and supplements that can help your cat be happier in the meantime.
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