People who love their cat, of course, pay close attention to changes in her behavior. Yet sometimes the idea that a behavioral change can be linked to a state of illness is still difficult to convey. And not many people know that, like us, our cats can even develop psychiatric disorders. Nevertheless, depression in cats exists and can be identified by precise signals.
Cats, as we know, sleep a lot by nature: 13 to 17 hours a day. For this very reason, it is easy to minimise an increase in sleeping hours. Maybe we can attribute it to old age, maybe to a slightly stressful period, like a move. Sometimes, however, if the increase is considerable, it can be a sign of depression.
He scratches his fingernails more than usual
For cats, “doing their nails” is normal behavior and a physical necessity. For this reason, those who have a cat also have a scratching post.
But if Kitty starts to repeat this action compulsively, it’s worth asking yourself a few questions.
Kitty is more sticky, or on the contrary he seems to avoid us.
If Kitty is by nature a loner and instead starts to look for us insistently, we tend to be happy about it. And we should be, provided that along with this change there are no others among those described in this article. Sometimes, by requesting our presence, he simply tries to tell us that something is wrong with him.
It is more natural to worry, instead, if from friendly he becomes shy. In this case, too, it is worth investigating.
A higher rate of nervousness and aggressiveness
We all get nervous and spit out a bad answer. In the same way, it can happen to our cat to wake up with the wrong… paw and give us a scratch or a puff every now and again.
However, when this change in behavior becomes constant, a visit to the vet is recommended. The cause may be depression as well as other clinical pictures.
It’s not just these “sneaky” signs that should make a cat suspect depression. Luckily, there are other symptoms, much more evident, enough to make the most conscientious people go for a medical check-up.
- the vocal emission of “feline howls”;
- little attention and constancy in daily cleaning;
- loss of appetite;
- a sudden tendency to mark the territory.
Add to this a correct interpretation of the cat’s non-vocal language.
If we often surprise him with his ears backwards, his tail gathered, his hair slightly straight, and we know his way of communicating well, we already know that he is expressing discomfort.
These signals, summarised here, should help to identify depression in the cat.
We can only thank Thesprucepets.com for the inspiration in writing this article.