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How To Tell If Your Cat Is Feeling A Little Down In The Dumps


Cats are often misunderstood and have a reputation for being aloof and self-centered, but they are secretly sensitive souls who don't know how to express themselves. They can be emotionally reactive, even if they don't show it outwardly. 


Unfortunately, cats don't have the same capacity for language or verbal expression as humans do. They can't tell you when they're unhappy or upset or if they are in pain. Instead, they resort to acting out in ways that may be confusing to us. 


Here's how to tell if your cat is feeling miserable


Change In Eating Habits

Your cat may change eating habits if they are feeling sad or depressed. Increased or decreased appetite can be a sign that your cat is feeling down and might need some support. Pay attention to what your cat is eating and whether or not its appetite has increased or decreased. 


A Change In Sleeping Patterns

If your cat is sleeping more than usual, it may be depressed. Cats are natural sleepers and will usually sleep up to 15 hours a day, but if they're feeling sad or depressed, they may be sleeping for much longer. In addition, a change in the place where your cat usually sleeps can indicate that they don't feel like themselves. If you notice that your cat is sleeping more than usual or if their sleeping behavior is changing, talk to your veterinarian about the possibility of depression.



Aggression in cats can communicate a variety of things, such as their mood, but we often think that it is simply an act of self-defense. Aggression caused by depression is more than just a bite or hiss; it's a persistent habit. When cats are unhappy, they tend to perceive things as threats, regardless of whether they are. As a result, cats who are depressed often become aggressive and act out at you as well as other cats.


Excessive Grooming

One of the first things you may notice when your cat is feeling stressed or anxious is that they're grooming themselves too much. This can be a sign of depression, but it's also a natural instinct for cats who are stressed out. If your kitty starts to groom excessively and bites or pulls at their skin (and maybe even pulls some fur out), this could be something to watch out for.


Hiding Or Avoiding Contact With People And Other Pets

Some cats may feel uncomfortable when around people or other pets, especially if they're feeling anxious or stressed out. If your cat spends more time hiding or avoiding contact with people and other animals, it could mean that something is bothering them. It's important to monitor your cat's behavior and take notice of any changes so that you can help them.


Lack Of Interest In Things That Usually Got Them Excited 

The loss of interest a cat shows in playing with toys or engaging in normal behaviors could indicate that they aren't feeling well. You may notice that your feline friend tends to have less energy, loses interest in playing with you, and fails to engage in other feline-specific behaviors.  

If you notice any of these changes in your cat and they seem to be acting differently than usual, it might be worth getting them checked out by a vet. 


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