Do indoor Cats get Depressed?

Its human nature to live and interact with a non-human creature of nature. It’s one of the traits of nature to sustain interaction between humans and animals. In America, 60% of the population have pet dogs and cats in their home. And they have a more healthy relationship with their pets than their family members.

They use to get addicted to their pets and also develop a very emotional relationship with their pet. These pets are not only an important part of the family but in society, Proper law amendments are taken to save them from any inhuman behavior and brutality.

Life of an Indoor Cat

Indoor cats

Indoor cat life is overall easy. There is no struggle to find their daily food. They have a proper shelter to live in. They never do outdoor life-saving struggles. Its cat psychology to get attention and if it’s your pet, it becomes the apple of everyone’s eye.

Cats want someone to cuddle, play, and do tingling activities to do and they find humans for it. But still, there is depression seen in indoor cats. As every cat has a specific nature like humans, some are very friendly, outgoing, and overly expressive. And others are shy, indoor, and choosy to share their feelings. If you notice a change in their behavior then it means there is something wrong with them or they are depressed:

Sign of depression in the cat

  • Change in Verbal language
  • Change in body language
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Extremely aggressive attitude or dull one
  • Not eating
  • Always be alone
  • Excessive scratching

The first symbol of depression in many cats is mostly the change in their vocal language. If your cat nature is quiet or shy ones then they suddenly create high pitch noises, irritating yowls, and unhappy voices. And if your cat is expressive and active ones then they become quiet don’t wanna play and cuddle with being anyone anymore.

Change in the body language of cats also shows that they are depressed. The position they usually sit, the way and quantity they eat food, the types of activities they do have all change suddenly.

Human and cat psychology is somehow the same. When they both get depressed the most indicate symbol is changed in their sleeping routine. It may be extremely excessive or either there is no proper sleep for many days.

A depressed cat usually reacts to everything with extremeness either they react extremely aggressive on little things or either react completely dull pay no attention and not reacting to anything.

Changes in their daily eating routine or also ignore their favorite food is also a symptom of a sad cat.

A depressed cat needs no interaction with anyone. Even they are his favorite persons at home but they get into self-isolation and always want to be alone.

Excessive scratching is also the symbol of a sad cat. Cat knows very well that with which force they used to scratch human, a kid or any wall but when they scratch human-like they scratch wall or non-living thing it’s mean she is sad and there is some aggressive attitude that took place in them.

Reason for Cat Depression

Depressed cat

There are many reasons for cat depression in which some are given below:

  • Injury
  • Loss of loved ones
  • Illness
  • Changes in the environment
  • Change in the attitude of guardian

Physical Injury is also the reason for cat depression. Pain be the reason for changes in the usual attitude of cats. For this, it’s best to take them to any known veterinarian so that he treats them and cures their pain.

The loss of a loved one is also the reason for the sad cat. This loved one may be one of his own family or from the family of the guardian but loss or nonavailability has also been the reason for a cat depression.

Severe illness is also one of the reasons for a depressed cat. It’s maybe a dental issue, fever, hormonal changes, FIV, liver disease, or any other medical issue. If you feel that your cat is a little more uncomfortable then take it to the doctor.

Changes in the Environment like changing the residence or changes in the owner may also make the cat sad. Sometimes cats start panting in hot weather, which is completely normal.

When cats notice the change in the attitude of their guardian then they get depressed. It may be of their guardian’s personal life or because of work stresses they can’t give the same attention and time as they gave them before but it will be the reason for cat depression.

Why Outdoor cats are not depressed

depressed outdoor cat
  • Perfect weight
  • Help their mental health
  • Increase their expressive ability
  • Entertaining life
  • A big world to explore

As street cats had to struggle for their food daily. This will never let them get overweight. That is very good for health. And we also notice that street cats are more active than pet cats.

Daily ongoing activities like running, playing, curdling, struggle for food, interaction with other street cats make them mentally healthy. They never get bored or frustrated because every day new challenges are ready for them.

Street cats are usually not shy or introverted because if they are stuck in their inner shyness they will fail to fulfill their daily needs because street life is like race first come first take.

As street life is full of thrills and adventure from crossing roads to save yourself from any disaster. Once cats get addicted to this open environment it’s not easy for them to be under some guardians. Its matters nothing how difficult street life is this daily entertainment never let be under any slavery.

The cat always feels happy when they are set free. No rule to follow, there’s no routine of anything do it the way you wanna do. Go where you wanna go, Eat what you want makes them happy and satisfied to the next level.

Depression is seemed both in humans and animals. Human has God gifted will to address their physical and mental issues but animal needs human help to cure it on time.

If you keep a pet at home and you’re caretaker or owner of it. It is ultimately your responsibility to keep it healthy and happy. If you ever observe any abnormal behavior – take it as a signal to visit the nearest vet.

Otherwise it’s against international animal laws and also forbidden in every religion. and the guardian is responsible for any negative outcomes.

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