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Depression in cats

Cats are known for their independent nature, but they are not immune to emotions. Similar to humans, our furry friends can also go through phases of sadness and depression.

What signs can indicate depression?

Cats don't talk, so we need to pay attention to subtle changes in their behavior and body language.

The following signs may indicate depression in your furry friend:

  • The cat has less appetite

  • The cat retreats

  • The cat sleeps longer and more often

  • The cat doesn't feel like playing anymore

  • The cat neglects its grooming

  • The cat seems more aggressive and irritable than usual

Vad kan orsaka depression hos katter?

Understanding why cats can fall into a depressed mood is the first step to helping them. The causes to which depression can be traced back are varied:

  • A change in the cat's living environment

  • The loss of a beloved companion, whether human or animal friend

  • Lack of social interaction or being alone for long periods of time

  • Boredom and inactivity can lead to depressive moods in cats, which are naturally playful and curious creatures

  • A change in health status

What to do if your cat is depressed?

The first step should always be a visit to the vet to ensure there are no underlying health problems. Health problems, such as B. Stomach or toothache can cause symptoms of depression.

If physical causes have been ruled out, depression can be assumed. The treatment of mental illness in cats takes place in different stages. First, you can try to make life more pleasant for your furry friend by, for example, offering him interactive activities, creating new play opportunities and offering new toys. You should also encourage social interaction with your furry friend, i.e. spend more time with him and give him more frequent cuddles. In difficult cases, it may be useful to consider drug therapy or consult a cat behavior therapist.


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