Just like us, cats can get unhappy, but unfortunately they can’t express it to us the way that we can to each other. Instead, they will try to tell you in other ways. Here a few signs that your cat is unhappy.
Change verbal noise
Cats make numerous sounds, like purring and meowing, but if they become overly vocal it could be a sign that they are unhappy. If your cat is making more noise than usual, like yowling or meowing, it could be an indication that something is wrong. The same is true the opposite way. If your cat is making less noise than normal it could mean it is unhappy.
Change in gestures
Body language can tell you a lot about your cat, especially if it is unhappy. If your cat is thrashing its tail around a lot or pulls its ears back, it could be a sign that it is not comfortable. As well, if you notice that your cat seems to be more on edge, it could be a sign that it is unhappy.
Urinating outside the litter box
If your cat starts urinating outside of the box, it is definitely trying to tell you something. In short, it means that it is not feeling stable, which could mean it is unhappy or sick.
Change in eating habits
A depressed cat may eat more or less than normal. Eating less could also be a sign that they don’t like the food, but if there has been no changes to what you feed your cat and it stops eating, it could very well be depressed. The same is true if they eat more food and start putting on weight because of it.
Yes, cats are generally quite lazy, but it should not be laying around all of the time. Being too lazy is a sign that they are under-stimulated, and bored cats are often unhappy cats. It could also be a sign that they are ill.
Cats do sometimes tend to be cautious when new people come into their home, but if your cat is being more anxious than usual, it could be unhappy. Signs of this could be hiding when strangers are around or being scared when they see an unfamiliar cat outside through the window. They could also become abnormally aggressive when they are scared.
Change in coat
When a cat stops grooming itself it can often be because it is unhappy. If its coat is dull or matted it could mean it is not happy. You may even notice that it is not grooming itself as often or at all. Another sign that there is something wrong is if your cat is grooming too much. If this happens you may see a rash or redness on your cat’s skin.
If you notice any of these changes in your cat be sure to give it lots of extra love and attention. Try playing with it more, stroking it more or just sitting next to it more. These small gestures can go a long way. If there is still no change, you should consider taking your cat to the vet to make sure that there is nothing else going on.