We know Humans can get the blues, feel down, or can actually become depressed, clinically speaking. But what about Cats?
After the loss of our dear friend Simon, one of our most beloved founders here at MadCatDiaries.com, we Cats noticed something happening. Oh sure, we lay around a lot. Oh sure, we sleep 20 hours a day. Oh sure, we lick and groom a lot. Oh sure, we walk away from our food only to beg our Humans for it later. But hey, we enjoy all that stuff.
So, what’s happening? There seems to be a general malaise settling in around our little community. The Cats and Humans all are, well, just not right. Could it be that we are depressed? Could it be that the sadness has lingered and not working its way through?
The Humans have talked it out and, yes, they are depressed. And, yes, the Humans are able to figure out what they need to do. Because they know what happened!
But we Cats don’t have a voice, to speak of (sorry.) We are trying to communicate in the only ways we know how – with our behavior. Have the Human’s noticed? We are not sure. One thing we know for sure…
Cats can suffer depression, too.
Some Humans who should know (like Katherine Houpt, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, N.Y.) recognized depression in Cats way back in the 1990s.
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