Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cat Depression

Is your cat suffering from depression? Many people don't realize that cats' can become depressed just like their owner, and for many of the same reasons. The worse thing you can do is to ignore it, hoping it will go away and the cat will return to its normal obnoxious self. Sometimes its very difficult to recognize depression in your pet because some of the tell-tale signs are so subtle that if you are not conscious of and looking for, you will miss them. Here is a quick list of cat behavior that may be an indication your pet is suffering from depression:
  • Constant meowing
  • Neediness
  • Change in grooming habits
  • Increased sleeping
  • Overeating
  • Change in playing habits - may be disinterested
  • Signs of aggression (biting, scratching or hissing)
  • Not using the litter box
  • Hair loss
  • Spots of different color in the fur
If you notice some of these changes in your cat the first course of action is to make a vet appointment to rule out a medical cause. Once that has been done you should follow the advice of your vet to bring your cat out of its depression.

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