Our pets go through rough patches just like we do. With the COVID-19 threat still present, not being able to go outside may be upsetting your pet cat.
That kind of sudden and significant change to your pet’s routine may lead to a bout of depression.
We humans have grown to understand how difficult depression can be to deal with. While our pet cats cannot articulate their own troubles, it’s highly likely that going through a depressive episode is also challenging for them.
It’s our job as their pet parents to help them get through their depressive episode and that starts with actually identifying the symptoms of feline depression. Some of the symptoms are obvious enough such as a loss of appetite, extended sleeping hours, and more frequent hiding, but there are some signs of depression that may not register right away.
Let’s talk about some of those unexpected signs below.
Changes in Vocal Patterns
Cats tend to meow most when they are either hungry or perhaps getting into an altercation. Do note though that the sounds they make communicate more than just hunger or anger.
According to The Spruce Pets, cats that produce low-pitched meows may be indicating that they are unhappy. Even a purr could be a sign that something’s amiss.
You should also try to observe if your cat’s vocal behavior has changed as that could be a sign of depression.
In an effort to combat depression, many of us try to go out and let off a bit of steam. Cats do that too, or at least some version of it.
When cats are feeling sad and/or stressed, they may start to scratch more often. This could lead to some pieces of your furniture getting damaged.
Your first instinct may be to get angry at your cat, but realize that their excessive scratching may just be a cry for help.
Unusual Urination Patterns During COVID-19
It’s never fun to see cat urine outside of the litter box, but if you’ve had your furry friend for a while, you know that stuff like that tends to happen. Still, urinating outside the litter box is unusual behavior.
When cats feel stressed or uncomfortable, they might exhibit this behavior; however, other explanations exist.
Urinating outside of their litter box may indicate depression. Make sure you don’t ignore this behavior.
For humans, overcoming depression alone is difficult so seeking help is encouraged. As a pet owner, remember that cats can suffer from depression too and that it’s your job to help them out. Keeping an eye out for the symptoms of feline depression during COVID-19 will help you with that.
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