Updated: Mar 1
There are a few things that can make your cat sad. Cats are very sensitive. They can be sad because they are hungry, thirsty, because they feel like they are not getting enough attention, or because of a change in their environment. Cats also experience sadness when they are sick.
Signs of a depressed cat
1.) Excessive scratching to relieve stress and your cat may be marking their territory
2.) Vocalization changes from how they normally meow. A quiet cat may be more vocal and a vocal cat may become less vocal. Sometimes more low pitched mournful yowls. Purrs do not only show you that they are happy, due to the fact that purrs may be a way to comfort themselves.
3.) Some common behaviors that they share with us as unhappy adults are not eating, excessive sleep, lack of grooming or by loosing interest in previously enjoyed activities. Excessive sleep by choosing a new spot that may be hidden.
4.) Stress, depression and sadness in cat may exhibit itself by urinating in unusual places. This may be due to using their own scent to feel better. Especially where the scent of a deceased pet or human may linger. Bathroom habits are a large sad or depression sign in cats.
How to help your sad cat
Try some of our solutions and don't forget, if need be, check with your veterinarian.
1.) Stick to a routine. Keep steady times for meals and playtime especially during the holidays when humans are especially busy. They crave affection so cuddle with them on your lap.
2.) Boredom in cats, which can be enhanced, when you leave your home. So play with them and give them extra attention.
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3.) Provide a spot where they can look out the window.
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4.) Give them something extra to focus on, more stimulation, that enhances their natural instinct for birding.
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5.) Just as humans, they need extra entertainment at times, for something to look forward to. Turn on the tunes. Turn on the TV.
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