Cats are emotionally sensitive creatures. They communicate their emotions through their body language, their behaviour, and even through singing different variations of ‘meow’! As a cat owner, you must be familiar with the array of emotions your feline friend can display. From happiness to sadness, from fear to anxiety and even distaste and discomfort, your cat is capable of emoting all these. If your cat’s overall disposition is that of sadness, then it can be indicative of a medical condition like Urinary tract infection (UTI), diabetes, dental problems, Hyperthyroidism, or even neurological issues. Signs of an unhappy cat can also indicate discomfort with litter, food, environment, etc. (Read about: How to make your cat happy?)
How to tell when a cat is sad?
Your cat might be signalling you towards their unhappiness, but you couldn’t notice. By understanding how do cats react to sadness, you can act in the right direction to keep them happy and healthy.
Usually, cats sleep for 12-16 hours a day. It is difficult to identify if your cat is being lazy or its just their routine. However, observe your cat while it’s awake. If your cat is still sitting idle, avoiding any physical activity, and turning away from toys uninterestingly, then it might be a sign of boredom, lack of stimulation, or a repetitive routine.
Cats are capable of emoting through different variants of meows. When cats are sad, they usually give long mournful meows to indicate their discomfort and displeasure. Perhaps, your cat needs a little more of your love, time, and attention.
If your cat had an excellent demeanour but is suddenly turning hostile and violent, this is something you must pay attention to. If your cat hisses at you and lifts its tail fervously, these are signs of dismay and aggression.
If your cat’s hostility perpetuates and it refuses to calm down, then you must consult your vet. These can be an indication of:
- Dental disease
- Central Nervous System problems
Excessive or Insufficient Grooming
Cats are very particular about their grooming and keeping themselves clean. They take pride in grooming themselves. However, if your cat is excessively licking itself, then it can cause baldness and skin irritation. A lot of stress and anxiety are the cause of excessive grooming. A depressed cat might stop grooming its fur, paws, and tail altogether.