How to Cheer Up a Depressed Kitten

TLC is key to getting kitty "smiling" again.
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Not many things can be more heartbreaking and sad than the sight of a depressed kitten. Of course you want to see the little one joyous, playful and mischievous -- not crestfallen. However, just like adult cats, kittens too are vulnerable to depression, stress and anxiety.


Shower your kitten with regular affection and love. One source of kitty sadness is feeling neglected and lonely. Maybe your kitten feels competitive with another household pet. She might feel like you are paying more attention to the other fluffy pal. Handle this situation by reminding your kitten that she too is very important and dear to you. Make a point to give your pet the TLC she so craves, whether through petting her, snuggling her or even "conversing" softly to her.


Play with your kitty frequently. Cheer up your unhappy kitten by engaging her in some good old-fashioned playtime, preferably for about half an hour every day. Invest in a few stimulating toys. Sharpen her brain by having her run after a laser pointer or chase after a ball or toy mouse. Not only can interactive playtime enhance your pet's focus and attention span, it will give her some very necessary exercise, too.

Window Perch

Offer your kitty a scenic view. Giving her a comfy perch by a window will keep her engaged and entertained for hours. Cats adore gazing out at the landscape -- especially when it comes to watching the birds. Ease your depressed kitten's tensions by placing a bird table right in front of the window -- instant fun!

Safe Haven

Change-induced chaos is often the culprit behind feline depression. If your kitten is upset by a new addition to the household -- think a puppy or a newborn baby -- make sure she has a temporary quiet and isolated space to just be alone. Cats love routines and don't often mix well with hectic and unfamiliar situations. Make sure your kitty's comfortable space is dimly lit and full of water, food and her favorite toys.


Before you do anything, however, speak to your veterinarian about your kitten's depression. Your kitty's mental health is important, and could point to a variety of other pressing ailments, including kidney disease and heartworm. The vet may also offer your fluff ball a prescription for anxiety-easing medicines.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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