Depression stinks. Nothing is worse than taking an otherwise upbeat personality and putting it through the ringer. It's something that affects most of us at one point or another, but did you know it can also take hold of your cat? Often coming hot on the heels of a major change (i.e.,move to a new place, death in the family), your cat might seem more reserved, or a little on edge.
Typically, cats suffering from depression stop grooming, become aggressive, sleep longer, hide, and/or exhibit a general malaise. If you suspect that your cat is suffering from depression, it can be worrisome. Thankfully, there are a number of different ways to help treat your cat's depression.
First Steps to Treating Cat Depression
Before you do anything else, try just giving out some extra love. It could be that your cat feels neglected, in which case some additional attention might be just what the doctor ordered. If that isn’t working, you can try some over-the-counter homeopathic remedies.
If all else fails, you should take your cat over to the vet and see what they think. Chances are, they will prescribe your cat with one of the following medications, depending on the symptoms your cat is exhibiting and the overall nature of their condition. To help edify you on what your options are, here are some key features for some of the most commonly prescribed cat depression treatments.
- Tricyclic antidepressant
- Helps by adjusting/balancing brain chemicals
- Reduces anxiety and modifies behavioral problems
- Helpful for managing fear of noises, excessive grooming, spraying, or other destructive behaviors
- Tricyclic antidepressant
- Blocks dopamine receptors
- Helps reduce depression, noise phobias, and other anxiety-related behaviors like OCD
- Also works as an antihistamine
- Generic of Prozac
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant
- Works by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain, changing the chemical balance and helping the brain send and receive messages.
- Helps deal with depression, anxiety, OCD, and panic disorders
Anti anxiety-Type Medications
- Generic of Xanax
- Helps treat phobias, separation anxiety, situational fears, or depression
- Also works as a muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant, or appetite stimulant
- Generic of Buspar
- Helps manage anxiety or phobia related behavior
- Causes mild sedation due to its effect on the serotonin receptors
- Generic of Thorazine
- Produces immediate results, calming your cat quickly after taking the medication
- One of the most widely used antipsychotic drugs
- Reduces aggressive behavior and nausea, eliciting a tranquilizing effect
- Changes the way your cat's brain chemicals behave
- Used to treat schizophrenia and severe depression
- Should never be given with other antidepressants
- Helps restore the balance of the brain's natural chemicals
- Treats various mood disorders -- depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and aggression
- Cats with glaucoma should not take
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