Cats are not like dogs, and that’s one reason we are feline-friendly. So, they won’t jump around and chase after stray golf balls in the garden all day long. Instead, they are independent creatures that like to explore in their own time. If you are a cat lover, this makes looking after one very easy. However, it also makes the signs of depression hard to spot. Yes, felines, like humans, can suffer from depression from a number of reasons. To help them get better, you must first and foremost diagnose the symptoms that they display. Therefore, here are the reasons cats feel dejected.
They Are In Pain
One of the biggest causes of depression in cats is pain. Because they are stoic animals, they don’t squeal or squeak if something is hurting. Instead, they carry on with their life as if nothing is wrong. The biggest change you will see is a change in their attitude. Rather than being chilled and independent, they will be moody and very irritable. The odds are that they have a physical condition which you do not know about, and it is causing them to feel sad at the same time.
Recent Change Of Environment
Pets are just like humans, so a change of environment will have an adverse effect on their mood. As they are creatures of habit, they don’t like to have to adapt to new surroundings. They would much rather stay at home and explore from a familiar base than move to a new home. If you have recently moved, the property and its surroundings might be causing tension. The signs are not always easy to spot because cats can’t talk, but they do range from mood swings to stubbornly sitting in a corner. All you can do is make it as easy as possible to transition to the move.
All of the above lead to one thing: stress. Although the effects of stress on animals are cause for debate, there is no doubt that they feel tension. Of course, it is hard to gauge the extent because they cannot talk. However, the signs of stress are a lot similar to the warning signs that you would see in humans. And, just like people, it is essential to help felines relieve the pent up tension in their bodies. Anything from cat grooming to showing love can help, but the key is to not smother your pet. When you get on top of it (metaphorically speaking), it only makes the situation worse.
Lost A Loved One
Cat lovers tend to have more than one cat to keep the others company. If a pet has recently passed away, this could be why your current feline isn’t their usual self. Cats are not great at dealing with grief and they sometimes slip into depression. It doesn’t always happen, and it might not affect it whatsoever. However, it is important to be proactive.
Getting a replacement to give them company is an excellent idea.
"A cat improves the garden wall in sunshine, and the hearth in foul weather." - Judith Merkle Riley
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