(Bizarro is one of our favorite comic strips!)
The recent suicide of comic genius Robin Williams has gotten a lot people talking about depression and keeping a closer eye on friends and relations who suffer from depression. But what about our cats, do they sometimes get depressed?
Well, they do. Generally feline depression can be overcome fairly quickly. So many things can trigger it. A death in the family (and that can be family with two feet and no tail, or four feet and a tail) is a big one. Cats can mourn anywhere from a few hours or days, to weeks into months. Any big changes to the home can be a trigger. If your cat feels neglected depression can set in.
Many years ago when we brought Torti home, our other tortoiseshell cat Tasha, let out a cry that was more like a wail a heartbreaking sound that we’d never heard before or ever heard again. It was as if she thought she was being replaced with another cat that looked like her, but was younger. It took loving work, but Tasha snapped out of it a week later and the two girls became inseparable until they both crossed The Rainbow Bridge.
Here are some of the warning signs that Kitty is depressed:
- Not eating at all or eating much less than usual is number one.
- Not grooming is probably the second sign that something is wrong (either depression or illness)
- Hiding. Not engaging with you or the other cats.
- Your cat could start to sleep noticeably more.
- Your cat could become very quiet, not meowing, or purring.
- On the flip side of that your cat could start to yowl which is comparable to us sobbing.
- Walking with tail and head down, whiskers seem to droop,
- They may become aggressive towards you or others in the home. They might hiss or bite, or swat.
- They might stop using the litter box for either pooping or peeing, perhaps even both.
- The cat may use the litter box but might not bury their droppings.
- Loss of interest in toys, and affection from you.
Here is how Cat Faeries can help you to help your depressed cat.
A Ball of Twine, a calming music CD created just for cats to be played while you are not at home. The composer has studied the effects of sound on the brain, heart, and cells of the body so this music is truly medicinal.
Comfort Zone with Feliway – Diffusers can be installed in the room or rooms that this cat spends the most time in. That pheromone was intended to stop cats from peeing outside of the box but when it was created in the late 1990’s it was discovered that it calms cats and snaps them out of funks.
Catnip Mist can be sprayed on your cat’s bedding or favorite resting or hiding places. Most cats find the aroma of catnip hard to resist!
Our flower essence formulas. So many good ones to choose from: Moves and Changes, Calm and Serene, Multi Cat Household, Past Abuse, Forget Me Not (for mourning). One formula can go into the food and/or water bowl while another one is lovingly massaged on the cat’s head and ears.