Although it is only a psychological state, you should also spend time with your cat to detect it as soon as possible before things get out of control. And here are the signs that cats are depressed that I have summarized.
To this day, no one can confirm that emotions only exist in humans. Trees or animals all carry certain emotions and you must be subtle enough to realize that. This article is dedicated to cats, not only because I love my British Shorthair Alesha so much.
But I think it is practical for all cat owners. In essence, depression in cats is not so different from humans as it is a mood disorder, causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression will directly affect the behavior of four-legged friends and lead to problems that are harmful to the mind and body of the cat.
Signs that your cat is depressed
There are many causes of depression in cats. It can be careless when you are too busy and don’t have time to play with her/him. Or maybe it’s because you just moved, you go to college and have to be away from her/him for weeks… And it’s ridiculous how a cat’s depression comes from a change in weather that doesn’t allow cats to get enough food. necessary light for sun exposure. Depending on the reason, the level of depression in cats can vary.
But in my opinion, regardless of the severity, the signs that your cat is depressed have one thing in common: Exaggeration. Let me make it clear to you!
1. Free yourself by sleeping a lot
If you are going to compete for the top spot in the cat sleep contest, I regret to advise you to withdraw. Because cats can sleep an average of 16 hours a day. But for cats with psychological problems, see sleep as a way to solve problems. If you notice that your furry friend sleeps more than the average 4 to 5 hours, and this behavior persists, then it is very likely that your cat is depressed.
It is quite difficult to determine how long your cat has slept. But pay close attention to what time she/he goes to bed and wakes up (which I think is easy for all cat owners) to calculate the cat’s relative sleep time.
Besides, the cat’s lethargy after sleeping for a long time can also be a sign of psychological instability.
2. Too much or too little grooming
Cats do not like water, so licking is a way for them to self-clean and is an indispensable job for cats. You can see your little friend licking, brushing his hair anytime and anywhere. But what do you think if they licked their fur from morning to night or just lay there lazily and let their fur get messy? That’s exactly what depression is. What’s more, if your cat licks her fur too much, it will cause hair loss, exposing bare skin and causing rashes.
3. Break the usual diet
You can easily observe this expression based on the amount of food your cat consumes. If you’ve tried his/her favorite foods and all you get in return is indifference, get your cat to the vet as soon as possible. This can cause rapid weight loss, affecting the cat’s vital activity.
Many cats choose to overeat to combat their sadness, although the frequency of this seems to be much lower.
4. Peeing in the wrong place
You need to clearly distinguish using urine to mark territory from peeing around in the cat’s house. Take the time to observe your cat’s litter box. If the tray is normal and clean and you find urine or feces scattered around the house, this could be a sign of depression in your cat.
5. Soundless cries
Oh, I love cats for their adorable meows. But when things took a turn for the worse because of the depression, the meows also turned full of hate. Often depressed cats will choose high-pitched cries like screams in response to stimuli. Or at random times of the day, you might hear their random chirps. It could be fear or the cat is trying to call to get the owner’s attention.
Cats that have been adopted for a while will have a certain trust in your home. That’s why it’s not surprising when you see them rolling around on the bed or lounging in the sun on the windowsill. But if they lose interest in these activities and become reclusive, that’s also the first sign that they’re upset. They will gradually disappear more and more, and even if you direct your cat with loving calls, they will create distance on their own. If the frequency of this is so much that even when you come home from work, your little friend doesn’t show up to say “Hello” to you, the problem seems to be quite complicated.
However, this expression is quite difficult to detect because many cats like to hide. And I think only you can detect something unusual from your cat.
7. Anger for no reason
The change in the psyche of the cat easily leads to the cat’s excessive temper. You stroke her/his fluffy fur as usual when you suddenly receive a scratch combo in your hand. Your cat then quickly runs away. You discover your cat is hiding in the corner of the room and bring a food bowl full of canned fish, but what you get in return instead of a gentle thank you is an unpleasant howl. Your cat may bite you or even do more violent acts than that.
The above are signs that your cat might be depressed that I experienced, collected from my friends and articles on the internet. Depression can happen very quickly and lead to bad health consequences for your cat if not handled promptly. Try to spend a little more time with your pet to understand more about what is going on around her/him.
Good luck to you and your cat! Thanks for reading!