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When Your Pet Gets Depressed

fatmanPets can be life savors when going through depression, however, what if your hard times rub off on your cherished dog or cat?

I think my recent episode of depression has caused my cat to become depressed. I’ve noticed my decompensation appears to have effected him, and his behavior seems to have matched my hard times. He sleeps more than usual, and instead of hanging out in his usual spots around the house, and stays in bed all day.

Now that I am getting better, and have been getting back into the swing of things, it’s not that I expect him to mirror my behavior and snap out of it but, this experience has taught me the importance of being vigilant. As much as an animal can pick you up and help your mood, it seems that the reverse effect can occur when your sadness or depression starts to weigh down on your loved one.

It’s a difficult situation but, on the flip side, it helps me work harder to get better, so my beautiful tabby can start to better match my mood. Now, he gets extra love and attention above and beyond his usual spoiled existance. I bought him a bunch of cool new toys and carve out more time to play with him. When I come home, I make it a priority to get extra excited to see him, even if he is asleep and seems to be bothered by interrupting his rest. I’ve always been a great mother but, now it is time to step it up which, like I said, not only helps me help myself but, helps him too.

Whether manic or depressive, pets are emotional and instinctual and can pick up on your moods. We need them in hard times, and when the tables turn, they need you too.

When Your Pet Gets Depressed

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2015). When Your Pet Gets Depressed. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2020, from


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