Just like humans cats can get depressed as well. If you think your cat may be depressed it’s important to see your vet about that, it could have a medical reason.
What causes depression? What can cause depression in humans can most likely affect cats as well. Think about the death of a family members or animal companion, family crisis, divorce or big changes. When someone in the household passes away, or someone is leaving because of a divorce, people get caught up in their own stuff, leaving their cat on his own for a long time with little to no contact. Your cat may already be confused because he doesn’t know why that one person or family member is suddenly gone and not coming back. Your cat also feels and is aware how the others are behaving. For a long time no one notices him when he needs attention or reassurance.
It’s normal that in situations of a family member passing away, the routine is broken. And the cat may end up feeling invisible. He starts to keep to himself and the depression grows. It’s essential to keep the routine going on. You can’t explain your cat what is going on, all he knows is that you are mourning, and he’s probably mourning just like your are. Even if it’s difficult, try to keep up with his routines. He needs to be played with, especially in those kind of situations. But he also needs to be groomed and affection — lots of it.
It doesn’t need to be the passing of a family member. The cause of depression can be something small, something you don’t easily notice. But things like a sudden crazy schedule at work can be the reason as well. You barely have time for yourself, let alone your kitty. You get home later than usual and not really waiting for a needy-cat. He may be rejected by you and over time he stops greeting you when you get home, or he’s not even interested in playing anymore.
Depression can start a chain reaction that lead to barely any appetite, lethargy, and no grooming. Your cat’s immune system is getting weaker, making him more vulnerable for diseases.
Did you know cats could get depressed too?
Twisted Whiskers by Pamela Johnson