last posts

Is your cat sad? Causes and Signs of Cat Depression

sad cat face
Cat sad and depressed

Is your cat sad?

Each cat has its own personality, some of which are more social than others, if the cat is social, it is often reserved and quiet, can be worrying.

Cat owners have no reason to sit or be depressed in most cases. But by looking for some signs, you can feel comfortable knowing they may be temporary. Through today's article we will learn about the sad cat and some frequent causes of depression in cats and the best course of your work.

Signs of a depressed cat

There are some signs of depression in your cat that you can observe by looking at it, such as:


These are very audible signals that your cat may be unhappy. These unhappy noises are usually at low levels, desperate, sad, whizzes do not always indicate happiness. An unhappy kitty may also crawl as a way to comfort themselves, other cats that are usually vocal may become quiet, while quiet cats can raise the sound level. Read also: Covid 19 and Pets: Can dogs and cats be infected with the Coronavirus?

Body language:

Her body language can sometimes indicate her dissatisfaction.There are many ear, eye, body, and fur positions that can indicate that, tail tucked, ears hanging back, hair standing at the end, and other body signs are all forms of silent connections that may Indicates the grief and depression of the cat.

Fear or aggression:

Often sad cats tend to be more reactive and act aggressive or fearful, if you notice any changes in your cat's behavior that lead to abnormal fear or aggression that may be sad.

Excessive sleep:

Cats sleep a lot, but depressed or sad cats sleep more. If there are changes in the location of a favorite nap spot, it may indicate sadness.

Hiding or Clingy:

A sad cat may lose interest in the activities it used and become isolated. Can quieter cats can become clinging, and fear of strangers may worsen when the cat is sad.

Not eating:

If your cat suddenly stops eating, it may not feel good about something. A sad cat may lose interest in his favorite foods, and may ignore foods he once enjoyed. 

Bad Grooming:

This can be a sign of poor condition and unhappiness. Cats that are unhappy or depressed often stop grooming themselves, leaving uncommon coats.


A sad cat may use its own smell by urinating in inappropriate places to feel better. There are many reasons to urinate outside the litter box, but depression, sadness and stress are on this list.

Your cat may urinate in high-value areas such as your bedroom or places that smell a deceased pet or human remains in order to spread its own odor.

Excessive scratching:

If your cat is sad or depressed, she may scratch things more than usual to relieve stress.

sad looking cat

Why does a cat get depressed?

There are many reasons why a cat is depressed, no matter why, always make sure to give him more attention and time until happiness improves.

If pain is the cause, take your cat to a veterinarian, as illnesses can cause your cat not to feel healthy and may even feel pain. Read also: Moody Cats: How to deal with a moody cat.

Your cat may feel nauseous, or do not want to eat, or suffer from a hormonal imbalance, or does not have energy because of the disease such as fatty liver disease, FIV, FeLV, diabetes, hypothyroidism, upper respiratory diseases, dental diseases and other Serious health problems that can affect your cat's happiness level. You should make an appointment to see your veterinarian as soon as possible if you suspect your cat is depressed because of his illness.


Injuries may limit your cat's ability to do the things he once enjoyed and prevent your cat from feeling happy as usual. Make sure to follow your veterinarian's recommendations regarding pain relief, surgeries and old injuries can also cause your cat to feel uncomfortable.

Loss of a loved one:

Losing a loved one is always difficult. When a family member leaves or gets out, your cat may feel sad and depressed.

Your cat will return to normal over time. This is usually only temporary but there are also natural remedies such as supplements and pheromones that can help your cat to be happier in this period.

How to Tell if a Cat Is Depressed


Font Size
lines height