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08/26/2011 13:15:06 PM by KapitN   Send Message to KapitN  2949  views, category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips view all blogs

    

Despite their comparative simplicity, cats get depressed just like humans. They can fall into depression for the same reasons (uncomfortable changes in their environment, physical discomfort, the loss of a loved one, etc.), and they can suffer just as much from this all-encompassing sadness. Because cats bring so many of us out of sad moods with their companionship, here are some ways to return the favor.

 

Monitor your cat’s behavior for signs of depression. Loss of appetite, lethargic behavior, constantly hiding from others, refusal to use the litter box, and destructive behavior to self or others are all indicators that something is wrong. However, consult with a vet to determine if these signs are indicative of a physical illness, or if the distress is related to emotional problems.

 

Spend more time with your cat. Give them more love and attention, so they may feel more safe, secure, and cared for. Grooming is an especially recommended bonding exercise, and will help if the depressed cat ceases grooming themselves. This will not necessarily cure their depression, but it will help their mood.

 

Leave the blinds open. This lets mood-improving sunlight into your home (provided it’s a sunny day), and gives your cat an exciting view of the outdoors, birds and all.

 

Consider getting a new pet to replace a passed one. Losing another animal in the home, even if their relationship was heated, can be extremely destabilizing for a cat. A new animal could provide the companionship that your cat needs when they otherwise would be home alone for so long. Additionally, getting another animal in the first place can alleviate this isolation.

 



About the author: A freelance writer/cartoonist living in LA, with my fiance' and our wonderful cat. You can see my work at www.rubysworldcomic.com and rubynation.smackjeeves.com more >>

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