It’s great that in the modern world depression is something that is talked about more and more. But did you know that it’s not only humans who can feel this way? Our cats can also feel a bit down sometimes – just like us.
Here’s some causes of the blues to be aware of in your much-loved mog:
Depression can link to a variety of factors. It may be something big like moving house, which can be the biggest cause. Transitioning from one place to another can be problematic and unsettling, usually this kind of depression is temporary and can come and go all of a sudden.
The time of year can make an impression on our cats. In the same way it can on humans, cats can also suffer from seasonal affective disorder. As it gets darker, wetter and colder cats have to spend more time indoors and will be missing the sun that makes them and us feel better and happier. This lack of sunlight can make cats feel more tried, stressed and sad, with outdoor cats suffering more than most.
As humans, when people pass away, we will mourn them. Although slightly different, cats also note the absence of people and the moods of those in their house. If you are sad, you will behave differently and perhaps treat your cat with less affection / more affection which can unbalance them.
Has your situation changed? Are you busier than normal or distracted at work? Any extra activity can mean less time to hang out with your furriest friend, and cats, especially the more social breeds, can get a little low when missing that love and attention.
There are things you can do at home to combat this. Make an effort to make them feel loved with extra love and attention such as petting them, grooming them and playing their favourite games. If after all that your cat is still behaving a little differently and its causing you concern, its time to make an appointment with your local vets. The unusual activity could be due to an underlying medical condition that you aren’t able to detect on your own and this might be what is making your cat depressed. Try and give as much information as you can to your vet, any changes in sleeping habits, appetite and personality. If there is a medical issue then it can be dealt with, if not then the changes could be down to feline depression.