Cats can become sad or depressed due to various reasons—illness, grieving of a lost family member they bonded with, or injury. Oftentimes, cat owners don’t notice if they cat is feeling down, so it’s important to keep an eye on your feline if they’ve become reserved or quiet when they were typically social.
Cats alter their behavior when they mourn much like people do: They may become depressed and listless. They may have a decreased appetite and decline to play. They may sleep more than usual and move more slowly, sulking around.
Yes, indoor cats do get depressed but there are ways to make them much happier. You can start with creating a safe outdoor enclosure for them. This will provide plenty of entertainment value during the day, as well as giving them plenty to do when you are busy looking after your home or family.
The 2016 Animals article mentioned above found that the behavioral changes observed in cats following the loss of an animal companion usually lasted for less than six months.
Can cats cry tears? The short answer is yes, cats’ tear ducts function the same way humans’ tear ducts do, but they don’t cry emotional tears from sadness or pain. While cats do “cry out in the sense that they may vocalize (meow, yowl, etc.)
Technically, cats don’t cry actual tears when they’re sad like humans do. So if your kitty becomes upset or distressed, you shouldn’t suddenly see tears forming in their eyes. Instead, when a cat feels sad or hurt, they’re more likely to meow in a pained or troubled fashion.
Fortunately, there’s research that proves that cats can get emotionally attached and miss their owners while they’re away. Cats may not show that they miss their owners in the same way that dogs do.
Short answer: yes. When their needs for companionship are not met, cats can become depressed. They can also get separation anxiety. Unfortunately, feline separation anxiety often goes unnoticed until it becomes severe.
Yes, there are many benefits to keeping your cat safe at home (contained within your property boundaries). Contained cats are less likely to become lost or injured (e.g., hit by a car or attacked by a dog).
It’s a myth that going outside is a requirement for feline happiness. Playing regularly with a cat and providing their entertaining toys can easily satisfy their stalking instinct, keep them stimulated and provide the exercise they need to stay healthy and happy. It also keeps local wildlife safe!
A good sign of a happy cat is kneading their paws into their bed, blanket, or your stomach. This behavior is often accompanied by purring, usually another signal of contentment. Using the Litter Box. A happy cat will use their litter box and is usually more forgiving if its maintenance isn’t quite up to snuff.
Do cats actually miss their owners? Yes, they do. The cats miss the owners whenever they are away or have been detached from the owner. They notice the absence of all the showered love their owners have left for them.
Whether they’re happy or sad, in pain, or particularly when they’re a little ticked off, they want you, their favorite human, to know it. Your cat may make angry cat noises, seemingly purposefully knock something over, or pee on your new bedspread. Instead of instantly reacting, play detective, says Kavanaugh.
As intelligent animals, cats are capable of feeling a wide range of emotions. They can be happy and excited, but they can also feel sad and disappointed. Just like humans, cats can feel several different emotions during any given day, and they occasionally have their feelings hurt by their closest friends.
While many like to think an animal doesn’t care about its human owner’s feelings, most experts agree they do. Do cats care if you cry? Yes, according to veterinarian Dr. Sara Ochoa, all pets understand when you are sad and cats will try to comfort you during those times.
Do cats remember people? Cats possess excellent long-term memories. They can recall their animal companions and the people who feed them as well as those who irritate them. Memory is what allows a cat to leap into the arms of a family member returning after a semester away at college.
Do cats like to be held as much as we like to hold them? If you do it correctly, the answer is yes. Many cats, despite the common and persistent myth that they are aloof, welcome affection from their people. In fact, petting and holding your cat helps build a loving relationship between the two of you.
Pairs are Happier
Despite their independent natures, cats are social creatures that need companionship to thrive. Left alone, a cat can develop behavioral problems, and in some cases, even show signs of depression. Cats in bonded pairs, on the other hand, are more likely to be better adjusted.
Most felines will be perfectly content being left alone for up to 8 hours while you’re at work. As long as fresh water is available, some cats can be left alone for up to 24 hours. However, longer or more frequent periods of time away, such as full days or nights away from home can be more disruptive.
“A cat or any pet can tell that you are sad,” Dr. Sara Ochoa, DVM, a veterinarian in Texas, tells Romper. “They sense the change in your behavior and know that you’re upset.” Some cats will even try and comfort you when you’re sad — they might lie in your lap and lick your face or hands.
Several studies have proven that felines do like cat-appropriate music to the extent that they even rub against the speakers. The secret of cat music is that the notes are similar in frequency to the notes feline purr to, or the low-pitched and high-pitched sounds they communicate with, such as meowing.
According to a study1 published in 2019 in the journal Scientific Reports, cats do, in fact, recognize their own names.
Some single indoor-housed cats become anxious when left alone for long periods of time. These cats appear to be unusually sensitive to their surroundings, and may be very attached to their owners. Here are some signs of “separation anxiety” in cats: Excessive vocalization (crying, moaning, meowing)
Research has shown that cats don’t show signs of separation anxiety when their owner is away. Some cat owners know this: you return from a holiday but your cat acts pretty indifferently! Other cats even behave like they are “offended” and pretend not to see you at all.