Owning a cat is probably a matter of concern as these jubilant pets are always high in their activities. You might have yourself noticed your feline climbing trees, jumping up and down the fences or chasing small animals. Up till their body-energy accompanies them, their behavior could certainly be deceptive.
But do you know that your beloved kitty could be a prey of depression as well? Yes you heard it right. Out of your notice, cats show various signals of depression such as:
- A depressed cat tends to increase it sleeping time and spends most part of a day in bed. Its activity level tends to decrease and it may experience a decline in the energy.
- Instead of travelling and strolling, you cat would rather hide itself in its bed or under the couch or any suitable hiding place. Due to depression, it would not even interact with the family members.
- Due to depression the cats experience a less of appetite and would often skip their meals. This could lead to serious effects on its body.
- The cat grooming process that you perform could receive a setback as distressed cats hardly approach to bathe and clean themselves in presence of their masters.
- The cats would not use their litter box and start pooping at random places due to sadness.
Sometimes, the cats become more aggressive due to depression. They tend to behave rudely, bite, scratch and utter unfamiliar noises with their body parts.
- Cats become blue and start purring frequently. This could be a symptom of losing a beloved friend; either human or animal.
These signals in cats could arise due to various reasons such as:
- Any major or minor body ailment which is not letting it think of anything else. A pain in any part of body or some inner disability could also be a reason of its distress. You should offer your pet a regular vet checkup so that there is not a buildup of any critical disorder in the pet.
- Losing of any beloved person or animal friend could also lead to depression. Though they may not appear, cats too are highly emotional in their heart. If you discover any such reason, try building a good relationship with the pet. Do not scold it for its bad behavior. Rather, offer it a conduct that it is lured towards being good.
- The stress of the master and lack of attention from its master could also contribute significantly to its depression. For this, always offer them your best of behavior and also a significant time out of your daily schedule. Cats that receive a friendly environment with enough time from their master show all traits of good behavior.
You could certainly help your depressed kitty in the most effective manner at home and if not possible, you could take the help of a specialist. Remember! It is better to treat depression early as it could illustrate severe body symptoms at later stages.