Cat Emergency Prevention

5 Signs Your Cat is Sad and What You Can Do to Help

Welcome back to the blog! We know, based on experience and studies, that having a furry friend can be a great way to aid mental health. Our furry friends can also experience stressful events that may cause them to not act like themselves. In a lot of cases, these signs of stress can mimic signs of health issues and vice versa. There are things that you can do, in your cat’s environment to minimize the chance that they will experience stress. If you are concerned, a visit to your regular veterinarian may be in order. 

5 Indicators of Sadness or Depression in Your Cat that your cat may be experiencing stress

We can’t read our feline friends’ minds, but there is certain behavior they can exhibit to give us a sign of what they’re thinking. It can be difficult to discern their feelings, but some common clues your kitty  may be in a stressful situation can include:

  • Lack of appetite: a prolonged period where your cat is not eating can be cause for concern. If your cat is not eating for longer than a day, please seek the advice of a veterinarian 
  • Sleeping hours are different from their normal routine. Yes, cats sleep a lot! However, not waking to eat or when you attempt to wake them, is definitely cause for concern. 
  • General lethargy
    • Not seeking physical contact when they used to come up for cuddles, like leg brushing and head boops
    • Decreased grooming, resulting in patchy and/or matted spots of fur
    • Loss of interest in play and activity

    These symptoms can also indicate physical health conditions, so please consult with your vet if your cat needs treatment. 

    What can cause sadness in your cat?

    Sadness and depression in your cat can be caused by several factors, but it is often a temporary response to change. Sometimes, our cats can get sad or anxious because we moved their litter box or rearranged some of the living room furniture. However, large life changes can also trigger those feelings for our felines, such as:

    • Moving
    • New children
    • New pets
    • Family disruptions, like death, divorce, and kids heading to college.

    What can I do to help?

    You should absolutely check up with your vet to make sure that your cat isn’t suffering from an underlying illness. Once that’s ruled out, some things you can do to help your cat include sticking to a routine, setting aside plenty of play and loving/cuddle time, potentially adding chicken broth or tuna water to their food, and/or maybe playing some tunes. If you’re thinking about altering your cat’s diet, you should speak with a vet first to make sure the meal will still have the nutrients needed. 

    Perhaps as important is giving your cat time. They need a period to accept and adjust to a permanent change, and a temporary event like a friend staying over for a long weekend could resolve when its routine returns to normal.

    Our phones are always available if you have a pet emergency, giving us a call could save your pets’ lives! We’re a trusted team of WNY expert emergency vets, ready to help with your pet.  If you ever find yourself in a scenario where your regular vet isn’t available, know that we are here!

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