You may think that cats have it easy, but it's not uncommon for them to experience bouts of depression. Here's how you can help a depressed cat bounce back. Image: Imgur
Do You Have a Depressed Cat?
Before you envy your house cat’s lounging lifestyle, consider that constant napping could be a sign of depression. As many as 40% of felines fall into funks out of sheer boredom, says Nicholas Dodman, director of the Tufts University animal behaviour clinic. Why? Cats are safer indoors—away from cars and dogs—but the soft life can be downright dull. Signs of a depressed cat include overeating, lax grooming and sleeping at daybreak, when they should be up and hunting. Want to help your feline get out of their funk? Try one of these four ways to cheer up your depressed cat!
1. Give Kitty Your Attention on a Daily Basis
Play with your cat every day, even if he doesn’t seem interested at first. “It’s a misconception that cats are antisocial,” says Dodman. “Some need just as much attention as dogs.”
2. Purchase Toys That Your Cat Will Enjoy
Engage predatory impulses with interactive toys, like feathers on a string or laser mice toys. A wand toy can be as simple as a stick with a thin piece of fabric or soft ribbon tied to it. You can wave, twitch, flutter and circle the wand around randomly so that the ribbon moves enticingly like an insect or bird or other prey. A key added benefit of the wand toy is that it lets you keep some distance between your cat’s claws and your skin.
3. Keep Kitty Active
Provide climbing towers and scratching poles to keep your cat from climbing the walls (or curtains). Scratching helps your cat shed loose layers from her claws. Removing those dead layers is a key part of keeping her claws healthy, sharp, and ready for action. Not only this, but scratching involves stretching and digging her claws into the fiber of her post. All of that standing on hind legs, stretching, and digging is a great way for your cat to release pent up energy and get a bit of exercise.
4. Find a Friend for Kitty
Get your cat a pet to watch, like a gerbil, or put a bird feeder outside the window. Or, for the kitty who has everything, try a cat video. You can find a wide selection of cat-stimulating videos on YouTube!
You can find a wide variety of cat toys,beds, towers and other products at Milner Feeds. Feel free to ask our staff any questions you may have as well!
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