Can cats have depression?

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In the 1990s animal behaviourist realizes that depression is not a sole property of humans. Yes, cats can and do get depressed as well. Feline depression is an abnormal behavior in which the cat shows change in vocalization, activity, and decrease in appetite.

Feline depression can be triggered from a change in food or kitty litter to a death in household (human or feline). Depression can be shown in different ways with different cats.

  • A cat might lose interest in playing and sleeps more.
  • A cat might stop eating or grooming.
  • A cat might be so miserable that he or she starts hiding or acting our aggressively.

Cats are master at hiding illness. Health problems should be eliminated first by a thorough veterinary examination prior to treatment for behavioral depression of cats.

Sometimes, neglect is the root cause of the problem. A lot of people think that cats, unlike dogs, can entertain themselves and don’t need much interaction with humans. It is important to spend more time with your feline specially if there’s been some changes in his or her routine or another person or pet has moved in.

  • Here are some other thing that you can do for your feline:
  • Provide a stimulating environment with adequate activities and lots of exercise.
  • Leave your blinds and curtains open so that your cat can watch the action outdoors.
  • It is important to install cat trees and perches
  • Give catnip but it is advised to use it with caution as some cats become overly aggressive when exposed to catnip.

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