5 methods your cats are telling you they’re sad
Cats can be fur-covered secrets when it comes to feelings. With your cat purring in your hug, the cat's happiness seems obvious. And there is no lack of a hissing cat being angry, but these are fleeting emotions. What about your feline friend's general disposition?
Is your cat happy or a sad cat?
Since humans and cats don't always speak on the same level, there are some signs that you may have an unhappy cat on your hands.
The way cats tell you they are unhappy
# 1. Lazier than usual
Is your cat a lazy loaf?
Cat lovers know this is a tough question. Kitty cats tend to doze 12 to 16 hours a day. So it's not uncommon for a cat to be lazy. But how does your cat behave when it is awake? Is your kitten lying around instead of sniffing and sniffing like a curious cat? Do toys make your cat silly, or does she hardly pay any attention and turn away?
If your cat is lazy without delay, something may be pulling your fur into the dump.
Remember that domestic cats can get bored. Like humans, cats need stimulation, but over time a cat can accept their situation and adopt a lazy lifestyle that is not healthy. As with humans, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to a variety of health problems in a cat. As your kitty darling ages, you will notice a gradual slowdown, but complete inactivity is not normal at any age. Seek medical help for a listless cat.
Here is a list of tips to keep your cat happy and active:
- Cats love to climb, and by simply installing cat ledges or placing scratching posts in place, their boredom can be relieved by a few up and down trips, depending on which climbing system is best for your cat and your home. Climbing is a natural outdoor activity, but indoor life offers limited ways to play the climbing muscles.
- Scratches galore will help prevent boredom. Cats scratch things for a variety of reasons: They mark the territory, stretch, and keep their shiny nails well-groomed.
- Toys are key to keeping a cat entertained, but kittens are picky, we know that. Just because you think glittery bumblebees are adorable doesn't mean your cat will. According to the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, cats have what is known as a "prey preference." Some are drawn to feathers that mimic wild birds, while others prefer dangling strings and crease sounds. It could be a toy that makes sounds, like chirping or squeaking, that will send your fluffy love across the moon.
- Try to train your cat to walk on a leash. It sounds strange, but some cats love taking their human for a walk.
# 2. Sing sad love songs
Cats tend to be dramatic and give long and sad meows to signal their displeasure. They like to scream about their food bowls and their state of abundance, but sometimes this scream is misinterpreted. If your cat seems to yell too much about food when the bowl is full, she may be trying to tell you something completely different.
ASPCA.org reports, “A variety of diseases can make cats feel unusually hungry, thirsty, restless, or irritable – which is likely to result in meowing. Even if your cat has meowed for food in the past, it should still be checked by your veterinarian. "
If your cat has a clean health certificate, it can mean that your kitten really wants some more time with you. These impressive vocal acrobatics can call for more attention. After all, they love us the way we love them. The next time your cat gets loud, cuddle her. Love and affection are often the most powerful tools you can use to help an unhappy cat.
# 3. Straightforward hostile behavior
Is your cat usually the best cuddle bud you've ever met but suddenly in constant anger? If so, this hostility can signal obvious calamity. Cats will turn to hissing and slapping to convey their dismay. However, be careful if your cat is in an aggressive state. Like their big cat brothers, cats are quick, and before you know it, you may have a bleeding wound from a bite or scratch.
Call your veterinarian right away if your cat has become overly hostile and refuses to calm down. Something is wrong. Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine lists a number of diseases that can induce aggression in cats:
- Dental disease
- Central nervous system problems
Cornell recommends that you consult your cat's "veterinarian" before attempting behavioral and / or environmental changes to treat aggressive cats.
# 4. Eating picky pants, or suddenly chubby
Cats are food monsters. Eating is really one of her favorite pastimes. If your little cat pig suddenly stops loving food, something might be worrying the fuzzy. The problem could simply be aversion. Cats who have eaten the same brand of food for a long time may decide they no longer care. You are so picky. It could be that they got bored with the lack of variety. In the wild, cats hunt different types of prey and offer them a buffet of their choice. In the house, the choice will be removed and could result in a case of blahs in your kitten.
In addition, a cat will not eat if its mouth is sore. Dental problems are a common problem in aging cats, according to SeniorCatWellness.com. "The three most common dental problems in cats are periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth resorption, all of which vary in severity."
Unhappy kittens can overeat too. While chonky cats are super cute, it can signal some problems if your trim cat suddenly blimps out. Either the cat is unhappy or a health problem like diabetes may be brewing. If introducing new foods doesn't solve the undereating problem, or if overeating is overwhelming, contact your veterinarian.
Make sure the cat's water bowl is fresh and clean at all times. You can make a sip of water for fun by buying a fountain for animals. The bubbling water provides moisture and entertainment.
# 5. Too much or too little care
Cats are meticulous when it comes to their cleanliness. A cat's pride in grooming reflects a cat's concern for its small individuals. If all of a sudden your kitten is no longer careful to keep paws and tails spotless, report to your cat and see what is going on. Cats who stop bathing are turning away from self-sufficiency for a reason, whether they are depressed or sick.
According to Vest West Animal Hospitals, cats spend 30% of their time grooming. In addition to making you want to feel clean, grooming can calm a cat if it feels uncomfortable. But cats who spend too much time licking and brushing their fur can cause baldness and skin irritation. If the veterinarian cannot find a physical cause for overgast, the diagnosis may be "psychogenic alopecia – an obsessive-compulsive disorder usually caused by stress or anxiety".
If so, it is time to investigate what factors make up an unhappy cat.
# 6. Trash pan disasters
One of the most obvious problems cat lovers notice when their cat is not happy is litter box issues. A cat who starts urinating or defecating outside its pan will make its misfortune known by leaving puddles and piles to clean up. Problems can range from an aversion to a throwing mark to a sense of uncertainty. In addition, discerning noses do not care about any stink and dare not stick their paws in what they essentially consider to be filthy filth. Keep the litter fresh and scooped out and make sure there is a pan for each cat. Add an extra litter box to keep the purring cats happy.
Trying out a new cat litter and revisiting the throwing pan setups won't revive your cat's bad mood, make an appointment with the veterinarian.
# 7. Mopey body language
Body language actually says a lot about a cat's feelings. It is normal for them to hit furiously or turn around and purr when they are happy. But these are momentary reactions. If your cat is constantly running around nervously, avoiding her favorite chin massages, or playing with favorite toys, she is telling you something by saying nothing.
Instead of telling you verbally, she uses her body to speak. Watch their body language for clues. Standing fur, tucked ears, or a tail that whips back and forth are just a few of the ways cats communicate distress. Pay attention to the posture of an unhappy cat. Make sure that these behaviors are responses and not a default setting. If the actions are constant, you need to make some changes.
Image courtesy of RSPCA.org.uk
# 8. Hide and avoid
Cats are naturally born hide and seek. The level of their skills is amazing and can be alarming to the person who is looking for them. But cats will come out of hiding when they're ready, usually for a snack or a good cuddle.
Unhappy cats also hide until they shut themselves off from normal life and refuse to get out of their shady refuge. Whether out of fear or illness, a cat that no longer wants to hang out with its family experiences some kind of turmoil.
While it is normal to hide from visitors, it is not possible to constantly avoid loved ones. If your cat is doing everything possible to avoid you and your loved ones, you may be the source of the stress your cat is experiencing. In an interview with the Guardian, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw explained why we may cause stress in our cats: "If cat owners understood their pets better, they would understand the demands we make on them."
Instead of chasing cats for hugs they don't want or taking too many pictures for social media, spend some time researching your cat's surroundings for reasons that may make you angry with your cat.
# 9. Fraidy Cat Ways
Cats are scary, there's no doubt about that. One minute your sweet girl will bathe peacefully. The next time she saw an invisible force and shot out of space like an arrow. Cats are scared and stressed like us. If fear and stress are a constant for a cat, fear can definitely create an unhappy cat.
Hiding from strangers around the house can be normal for some cats and kittens. A good number of living things cope with new experiences by crouching out of the unknown. But how do we know when normal fear has turned into crippling fear?
If your worried fear is dominating your cat, check out these unfortunate cat signs provided by the Mother Nature Network:
- Hiding this far, you are not sure if you have a cat
- Aggressive behavior
- Constant pleading screams
- Extreme sleepiness beyond normal cat laziness
- Vomiting or weight changes
- Overeating or undereating
- Making a mess outside of the litter box
- Grooming yourself bald
- Household destruction like tearing up furniture
- They shadow their people at every turn
If you suspect your cat is scared, make an appointment with the veterinarian. Discuss solutions for your cat and do a lot of research. Help your cat find its paws back on level ground.
Cats deserve all the luck they can find, and to thank them it is our job to make the hunt a little easier!
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