While many people think of mental illness and only see it as something humans can go through, this is actually quite the contrary. Our furry loved ones, like felines, can deal with mental illness as well. The main illness being depression. So how do we know if it's just a bad day for our cat, or depression? This article shows you what to look for, as well as how to take care of your fur baby. Know the signs, follow doctor approved tips, and get your once playful and sassy feline back on their feet.
Just like we search for symptoms of mental illness in humans, we must do the same for our cats as well. The five biggest signs that something is wrong with your furry friend is that they show a lack of appetite and tend to stop eating. They can become very aggressive, sleep more than usual, and others may start to urinate everywhere in the house; on your clothes, furniture, etc. Some lesser-known symptoms are chewing or biting their skin and coat, bald spots and thinning fur due to excessive scratching and biting, and increasing crying and/or meowing.
The Causes of Cat Depression
The tricky part is finding the reason for our feline companion's depression since they do not speak, but in most cases it IS possible. Veterinarians can easily find the cause of your pets blues by asking a few simple questions. However, a trip to the vet isn't always necessary. These are just a few causes of depression in cats. They include the death of a family member they may be close with (this includes another pet), being bored and having no one or nothing to play with, and the biggest cause is lack of attention and affection.
How to fix the problem
The easier way to fix your fur baby's depression is to increase the amount of time you spend with your cat. Even a simple chunk of time cuddling your cat, or playing with them, can make them feel better in a number of days. Other ways you can help heal your cat's mental affliction is to find and use a homeopathic remedy; which can be found in pet's stores. Your vet may be able to suggest a remedy for you as well. In severe cases, your cat may have to be placed on antidepressants. This, however, is for you and your vet to decide.
We love our cats and would do anything to take their pain away. They are like furry children, and nobody like their children to suffer. Seeing them upset breaks our hearts. However, you can help them get through this emotional time by simply being there, and severe cases, going to the vet and asking professionals for advice. There is a cure for cat depression, and your cat will be able to live a long and happy life. We hope these tips help you to lift your cat from their depression and get them back on the right and healthy track. Good luck, cat parents!