Is Cat Depression Real?

Loss of a companion

Cats can grieve the loss of another pet, an owner, or even a favorite toy.

Changes in the environment

Cats can be sensitive to changes in their environment, such as a new home, a new pet, or a new family member.

Illness or injury

Cats may become depressed if they are sick or injured.

Lack of stimulation

Cats need mental and physical stimulation to stay happy. If a cat is bored, it may become depressed.

Weight loss

As a result of eating less, a depressed cat may lose weight.

Sleeping more than usual

A depressed cat may sleep more than usual during the day and/or at night.

Changes in vocalizations

A depressed cat may meow less than usual or may meow more than usual.

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