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Even Kitty Cats Get the Blues

I have just gone through a period of depression,  lethargy and despondency.

“What!” you are saying.  “A depressed cat!”

Of course.  Animals have emotions. And animals can suffer from depression.I didn’t know what was happening to me until Mommy explained it.

Here is what Mommy noticed.

I was sleeping more. Cats sleep a lot anyway but Mommy thought I was sleeping more than usual.

Mommy’s friend Carol came to visit and said that she thought I had lost weight.

I was not being as friendly to Mommy and was hissing at her at times when she tried to pet me.

I was grooming myself excessively.

I had been fostered about six weeks before but I seemed to fit into my new home and family quite well. I was perfectly at ease.

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Life is good.

But then Mommy realized something! The man had recently left to work outside the province.  It was just Mommy and I in the house, no sounds of people talking, no man going in and out and interacting with  Mommy and me.  Mommy realized that I missed the man, even though he did not spend as much time with me as she did. I watched him a lot. The man was always saying “That cat is looking at me again.”  I liked him. I missed him. Once he even took me on his shoulder and walked around with me.

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Please put me down.

Mommy realized something else.  The man always had the TV on so there was noise at all times. Mommy rarely watches TV so it was quiet except when she talked to me or was on the phone.

It is fall and cats can suffer from seasonal depression.

Mommy put all these facts together and decided I might be depressed.

Here’s what she did.

When the man called she let him talk to me. She told me he was coming back.

She turned the TV on more and tried to find things I would like.

She played with me more, talked to me more and groomed me more.

Her friend Val bought me a new toy so I would get more exercise.

 

I am feeling better now and Mommy didn’t need to take me to the vet and maybe I wasn’t even depressed.  But cats can be depressed so keep an eye on your precious ones.

Buddy

I feel fine now.

 

 

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10 comments on “Even Kitty Cats Get the Blues

  1. Oliver
    November 22, 2015

    I was sorry to hear about your depression. I feel like that sometimes and then all five members of my family come home at the same time, all trying to pick me up, and then I’m happy again. Don’t worry Buddy, they will always love you. We have a good life. Oliver

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    • brendablagdon
      November 22, 2015

      Thank you so much for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award. I nominated 7 people, did questions, etc. Hope I did it right. This my first nomination. I didn’t have to contact each through their blog, did I? They should be informed from the link on my post?

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  3. prog chik
    November 22, 2015

    This guy is so adorable. I’m glad he has such an attentive mommy!

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  4. Robin King
    November 22, 2015

    Hi, Buddy! Princess 👑 Mila and I feel sorry that you had your depression but We’re happy your Mommy helped you. We hope that you never get your depression back again but We believe that your Mommy will be watching out for you and will help you right away if she sees that you’re getting it again. We also believe you to be very handsome.
    Signed,
    Princess 👑 Pickles

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  5. brendablagdon
    November 23, 2015

    Thank you for your concern, Princess and Pickles. You are quite lovely, too.

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  6. Marie Cramm
    November 23, 2015

    Hi Buddy.. My last cat, Charlie, was prone to depression & our vet even suggested he take an anti depression. We discovered by trial & error that Charlie didn’t like it when we would take him out of town away from his familiar surroundings. Your mommy was intuitive to look for recent changes in your life. Glad you’re feeling better! Chin up!

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