Just like humans cats can get sad too. For many of us the cold, dark winter months can trigger Seasonal Affect Disorder and we suffer a little from the winter blues. Depression in cats is usually brought on by change. Events such as moving house, adding or losing a family member or a change in schedule can cause sadness. Also if you are going through a stressful time yourself it can affect your cat’s behaviour.
Of course there will be changes in your life and you can do your best to keep your cat happy but sometimes your kitty may still go through a period of depression. So we have listed the warning signs of depression and also some ways to help your feline friend through those darker times.
Warning signs of depression
- A loss of interest in food
- Changes in routine or personality
- Increased sleeping
- A lack of grooming
- Less interest in playtime
- Hiding in isolated places or not going out of the cat flap
- Any signs of aggression
How can I help my cat?
Trying to get back into a normal routine as soon as possible would be the best place to start. Additionally making sure you’re spending as much time as you can with your cat or simply in the house will help.
Introducing new toys and dedicating time to play each day, even if they don’t seem interested at first, is important.
During these dark winter months leaving a lamp or some lights on for your kitty while you’re away is good idea. Make sure blinds and curtains are open in the daytime if you have an indoor cat.
Products such as Feliway can help make your furry friend feel safe and secure in the house.
If symptoms persists then go for a vet check up. There are such things as antidepressants for cats or you may wish to see a behaviourist.
Lastly, remember cats can be sensitive souls and if you’re feeling down they may be too. Plenty of cuddles can go a long way to making you both feel better.
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