If you read our last blog post, Recognizing Depression in your Cat, you might be concerned that your cat has depression, which can seem overwhelming. Because your furry friend can’t talk or express its feelings, you might think there isn’t much you can do to help. However, there are some ways you can get your cat to perk up again and become the fun-loving creature it always was. Here are some tips on what to do for depression in cats:
- Take your pet to the vet. Your regular vet knows your animals and will be able to diagnose your pet. It is important to take your pet to the vet; self-diagnosing your pet and moving forward with over-the-counter treatment could ultimately do harm.
- Give your cat more attention: Giving your pet a little extra love is imperative to relieving cat depression. Your cat will feel your love and kindness, which can make all the difference in treating depression. Showing the animal that you care about her or him is the first step to healing. NOTE: When cats are depressed they often isolate and prefer to be alone. Be sensitive to his or her needs and take care not to over-stimulate your friend. Doing so can result in anxiety.
- Play some soothing music: Music is known to keep animals calmer, and cats are no exception. Playing relaxing music will help your cat feel calm, and may eliminate some of the anxiety he or she might feel. This is especially true for cats that show their depression in anxious ticks (like pulling out their fur). Listening to music and watching television can be soothing.
- Take away the triggers: If your cat is depressed because of the death of a companion animal, make sure you remove traces of the animal from your home. These scents trigger depression; a good cleaning and/or removal of toys the deceased pet played with may help with the grieving process.
- Antidepressants: If your cat is still depressed after all of these treatment options, your vet may consider antidepressants. Talk with your vet about other treatment options to explore whether antidepressants are the right choice for your animal.
While depression isn’t a physical disability, cats with mental health issues still have special needs that must be treated. Letting feline depression go unchecked can lead to a rapid decline in your pet’s health, so it’s important to visit the vet if you have questions.
At Colorado Companion Animal Sanctuary, we find foster and adoption homes for animals with disabilities. We know them to be just as special as any other pet. For more information, visit us or contact us via email at CCAS.Denver@gmail.com or call 303-910-2425.