As pet owners, we’ll do anything to keep our animals happy. We can’t think of anything worse than them feeling down and depressed.
Generally speaking, it’s a little easier to keep on top of a dog’s mood – the smallest change in their behaviour is usually a sign that something’s wrong – whilst with cats it can be a bit more challenging.
Particularly if you have an outdoor cat, their behaviour can vary depending on the kind of day that they’ve had and, quite honestly, whether they’re in the mood or not. However, it’s vital that you try to read your cat and keep on top of their mood.
Nicky Trevorrow, Behaviour Manager at Cats Protection, has advised that it’s perfectly natural for cats to feel a little down and that we should always be on the lookout to ensure that they’re feeling positive.
She suggests that cats should be up and awake and showing an interest in their surroundings – if not, there’s likely something wrong. If they are withdrawn or hiding more than usual, this could also be a tell-tale sign.
If they’re no longer playing, eating, drinking or are overeating, they may be depressed.
The good news, however, is that this is a perfectly common occurrence and nothing to worry about. With a few simple changes, their mood can quickly be turned around.
Offering advice on how owners can uplift their cats, Ms. Trevorrow has said:
“Find out what’s causing the stress. Firstly take the cat to the vets to rule out medical reasons as many signs of stressed or sad cats are the same signs for cats with medical problems, such as being in pain.
Give your cat plenty of resources, spaced out around the home. Cats don’t like to share, so one resource per cat plus one extra as a spare is best!
Give your cat plenty of spaces to hide and get up high to make them feel safe and secure. Cardboard boxes make fantastic hidey holes.
Cats generally don’t need friends, so if your cat is sad, it is not a good idea to introduce another cat or kitten. As creatures of habit, cats thrive on routine and predictability.”
She also suggests that a constant stream of communication is vital in ensuring your cat’s happiness. Paying them attention, playing with them and, most importantly, knowing when they need alone time can all help to restore them to full happiness.
If your cat is persistently unhappy, however, it’s vital that you take them to the vet to ensure that there is no sinister underlying issue.
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