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You may be wondering, can cats get depressed?
The answer is yes. Cats can suffer from depression just like humans, but they experience it differently than humans do.
It can be hard to tell what your cat is thinking, and even more difficult to tell if they are depressed.
Because of this, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of feline depression. This will allow you to support your cat through difficult times.
Depression in cats
You might be surprised to learn that cats can get depressed. You’re probably used to seeing kitties as jovial, independent creatures who show their feelings only when they want something from you—like food or attention. But like humans, cats have moods and emotions too.
Depression in cats can be caused by a loss of a loved one or a change in the routine of their environment. Cats who are generally well-liked by humans may also become sad if they no longer have human friends around them or if they move into a new home where they don't know anyone else yet.
Some medical conditions can also cause symptoms that resemble depression in people: low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) often result in lethargy and lack of appetite; certain types of high blood pressure medications can cause increased anxiety and irritability; some types of cancer treatments increase fatigue levels while others inhibit appetite—all resulting in behavior changes that resemble those seen during clinical depression among people!
Depression can take a toll on your cat's physical and emotional health
Depression in cats can take a toll on their physical and emotional health. If your cat is depressed, he might have trouble eating and sleeping, which can lead to other health problems.
If you suspect that your cat is depressed, it’s important to take him to a veterinarian for an exam and blood work. Your vet can also recommend a treatment plan that will help get your cat back on track.
Stress and anxiety can cause depression
Stress and anxiety can also cause depression in cats. Cats are more sensitive to stress than dogs, so if you notice your cat acting differently—withdrawn, not eating or sleeping as much—it could be a sign of anxiety or depression.
These symptoms may manifest themselves after an environmental change or routine disruption, such as a move or pet parent returning from the hospital.
If you think your cat may be depressed or anxious, it’s important to seek treatment right away. Your vet can help you figure out what’s causing the issue and how to treat it.
Some cats may be more at risk for depression
There are several factors that can make your cat more at risk for depression. If you have an older cat, they may be depressed because they are not as agile and mobile as they used to be. They may also feel more isolated from the rest of the family because they cannot keep up with them anymore.
If your pet has been alone for a long time, then he or she might also become depressed due to loneliness and boredom.
Cats who have suffered from a traumatic experience such as losing their owner or friends may also suffer from depression because it's hard for them to cope with their new situation without support from their loved ones around them.
If your cat is sick—or even if you think he might be sick—this can cause anxiety in him which could lead to depression symptoms like eating too much or not eating enough.
Pregnancy might also bring on some kind of hormonal changes that affect how happy your kitty feels overall; this happens especially when nursing kittens too!
Depression may be caused by medical issues and needs to be treated by a veterinarian
Cats can suffer from depression just like humans, and it’s important to understand that this is a serious medical condition. Depression in cats isn’t something you should just assume will go away on its own or with some time—it needs to be treated by your veterinarian.
If your cat is showing signs of depression (such as decreased appetite or lack of interest in activities), make sure you take him or her to the vet for a checkup because there may be an underlying medical issue causing it.
Your veterinarian will perform tests to rule out any potential diseases that could cause these symptoms, such as hyperthyroidism, organ failure, heart disease, diabetes mellitus and kidney disease.
Once these are ruled out as causes of your cat’s behavior change, they will start treating the underlying cause and treating any symptoms related to it (if necessary).
Signs of depression vary from cat to cat
There are a number of signs that your cat may be depressed, but it can be difficult to tell if they are being affected by psychological issues.
Cats can show signs of depression by suddenly becoming quiet and withdrawn or not eating, playing or grooming themselves as much as they normally do.
They may also become aggressive or destructive, stop sleeping in their usual place and begin sleeping at the foot of your bed instead.
If your cat becomes more affectionate toward you or other family members then there's likely nothing wrong with them psychologically; this is just another sign that they need more attention from you!
How to help your cat through depression
If you think your cat is depressed, the first thing you should do is schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
The vet can perform a physical exam and determine if there is an underlying medical condition causing your pet's behavior.
If no medical issue is found, it's likely that he or she may be experiencing depression due to emotional or environmental factors.
Depression in cats is not uncommon at all—in fact, 1 out of every 3 felines will suffer from this condition at some point during their lifetime!
Cats are very emotionally sensitive creatures; they're able to sense moods and feelings just by observing body language and facial expressions (or lack thereof). When they see that something isn't right with their human companions, they feel stressed out too!
You can help your cat overcome depression by giving it the attention and care it needs. Don’t be afraid to seek out professional help if you feel your cat is depressed. You want the best for your furry friend, and that includes taking care of its mental well-being.