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Just like human beings, cats are also sensitive creatures prone to a whole gamut of emotions. Cats are vulnerable to mood swings and sometimes they are so happy, they feel that they are on top of the world while at other times they may be down in the dumps! Hence, it is not rare for cats going through depressions. If you think your cat is going through a depression, do not feel that you are overreacting! But more than often, depression in cats tend to go unnoticed. If your cat is undergoing these patterns of behavior of late, it might be under depression.
Now, it is a known fact that cats have a permanent affair with laziness and they are supposed to be lazy. But healthy cats always feel the need to starch out and play sometimes. If you notice your cat to be too fatigued and less energetic throughout the day, it might be suffering from depression. If your cat is sleeping for longer hours and spending the rest of the day practically doing nothing, it is a sign of depression.
For a cat, the most exciting part of the day is mealtime, especially if its fish being offered! Healthy cats often have the habit of roaming around your legs and purring softly the moment they notice food in your hands. However, depressed cats do not feel excitement even when food is offered. They have a general loss of appetite and can sometimes spend days without eating proper food. Sometimes, even a healthy cat can refuse meals when it is suffering from bowel disorder or for any other matter. But regular tendency to avoid food suggests your cat is depressed.
Changes in grooming
If your cat has changed its grooming habits recently, it may be under depression. Some cats undergoing depression tend to avoid grooming for days resulting in an oily coat or messy hair. Sometimes, depressed cats also have a tendency to over groom exposing bald patches and open wounds.
A depressed cat is more prone to aggression than normal cats. Cats fighting depression will want to be left alone in their private space but will react hysterically if nagged on a continual basis. Aggression can also be in the form of loud hisses or even attacks.
Some cats are innately shy and avoid affection showered by their owners. However, if your cat is more social but tends to avoid the affection of late, take it as a danger sign. More often, depressed cats want to be left out and hide at dark corners in your house. It may shy and run away from you the moment you try to cuddle it.
So be aware and keep your ball of softness under watch always!