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How to Cheer Up a Sad Cat

There’s something extra heartbreaking about sad cats. Maybe it’s that our furry friends bring us so much joy it’s hard to see them feeling down.

Believe it or not, the same things that make people sad—boredom, loneliness, even seasonal changes—can put cats in a lousy mood, too. Luckily, a little special attention and a few easy tricks are all it takes to cheer up most sad cats.

5 Ways to Help Cheer Up Your Sad Cat

1. SEARCH FOR A CAUSE

Has anything in your cat’s environment changed? Have you gained or lost any members of your household (human or animal)? Have you been away from home more than usual? If you can understand why your cat has the blues, it will be easier to find the right solution. The cause may be a change in circumstance, something environmental, or it could have to do with their health.

2. MAKE MORE TIME FOR PLAY

Exercise and social interactions are proven mood-boosters—for people and cats! Regular play gives your cat both, and it’ll help to keep her mentally sharp too. Make sure to engage in 15 minutes of active play with your cat at least once a day. When you’re not around, be sure your cat has access to plenty of stimulating toys—you can even make your own cat toys!

3. BRING THEM OUTDOORS

Especially during the winter months, lack of sunlight and fresh air get your cat down in the dumps – that’s right, you’re not the only one feeling the seasonal depression. Safe access to fresh air and sunlight will go a long way to helping lift your cat’s spirits. This could be as simple as setting up comfortable windowsill perches so your cat can enjoy the sunlight, or as elaborate as building an enclosed “catio” in your yard. Considering letting your cat roam outside? Check out our guide to keeping your outdoor cat safe first!

4. CONSIDER ADOPTING A NEW CAT COMPANION

Sometimes for single cat homes, loneliness and boredom can contribute to feline depression. Cats are fairly social creatures and often times are happier with a friend to keep them company and play with, as long as you have enough space for each cat to have his or her own territory. Before you bring home another cat (or two!), read our tips for keeping the peace in a multi-cat household. If getting a new cat isn’t in the cards, don’t worry. You can help keep your single cat happy with these three tips.

5. SCHEDULE A VISIT TO THE VET

If extra playtime, sunshine, and companionship don’t do the trick, take your cat to the vet to rule out medical problems. Your cat may be experiencing pain, discomfort, lack of energy, or other complications from an illness or injury. As a last resort, your vet may even recommend antidepressant medication if your cat’s mood is causing significant behavioral or physical problems.

Cheering up a sad cat can take time, determination, and creativity, but your effort will be rewarded when you finally see your cat begin to enjoy life again. Learn more about how to keep your cat healthy and happy with our cat care tips.

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