Is Your Cat Depressed?

Does your kitty seem rather listless and lacking in energy lately? The smart alecks among us will say, “How can you tell?” but cat owners can sense when their pets are not themselves. Cats may not spend most of the day bouncing off the walls, but when they are noticeably less active, this can be a cause of concern.

Sometimes this change in activity level is due to a health condition, so the first step is to book an appointment with the vet. However, it is possible for your cat to pass with flying colors, but still not seem right. If this is the case, here are some things you can try:

Re-Establish Your Bonding

If your cat is depressed, there is a good chance that she is not responding in the same way to you. In order to rekindle that enthusiasm, try bonding with her once again by doing things she enjoys. This can include playing (try introducing some new toys), grooming, or even just cuddling together.

As you likely know, cats cannot be forced into doing anything, so be gentle and try to let this happen as naturally as possible. And be patient.

Get Her a New Friend

Just like humans, cats can plunge into depression if they lose their children or a longtime friend. While you can’t force cats to bond, consider getting her a companion. This can make a world of difference, though the change may not happen immediately.

Consult Your Vet

Believe it or not, there are anti-depressants deemed suitable for use in felines. However, you will need to speak with your vet about getting them. Ask also whether they have any suggestions, based on both their experience with your pet and cats in general.

Do not ever give a cat an anti-depressant from a human’s prescription. These are much stronger than the ones for animals and could cause her serious harm.