Depression in cats

Animal: Cat

Pet Symptoms: She seems to sleep a lot more and is very needy and will follow me and my partner around more than usual. She isn’t so interested in playing much as she used to be, but I don’t know whether this is because she is becoming older. She seems to be eating fine and we give her a lot of attention, it sounds silly but she seems quite down. When she isn’t following us round she sits there looking sorry for herself.

Our Advice: Depression in pets can be related to many possible underlying causes. If Mojito has had a change in her behaviour suddenly, it would be best to have her seen by your vet for a health check to make sure she has no clinical signs of any illness. If there isn’t anything obvious following a full thorough clinical exam they may suggest or offer blood tests to check her general health (liver, kidneys, red and white blood cells etc) – although in a young cat it would be unlikely to have organ health problems, it’s not impossible.