Learn what signs to watch for and how to treat this illness.

By Linda Kastiel Kozlowski

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When Bear, a sleek black cat, lost his companions Calie and Moose, he quickly changed. Overeating, constant meowing and neediness developed that owner Christie Black had not seen before. Physical symptoms of depression followed, including hair loss and faded brown spots in his fur.

“Bear was not the fun and animated cat we knew. It was heartbreaking,” Black says.

Today, experts offer strategies to avoid depression in cats and treatment options for when it’s unavoidable.

**Get the October 2007 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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peggy    salem, OR

8/30/2008 5:47:29 PM

this sucks. I look for some advice on the internet and am told to ""buy the magazine". You're not interested in helping cat owners, you just want to make another buck.

Lisa    seabrook, TX

3/11/2008 8:02:32 AM

It sucks being depressed. When i got back from iraq i was and a cute kitten in a cage knew it.... Mooqy

Britta    Seneca Falls, NY

9/7/2007 4:44:57 PM

Getting a new kitten was definitely the best thing I could have done for my 2 year-old cat Pedro when his companion cat Katzi passed away. She was 10, but they had been together for 2 years, since Pedro was a kitten. Granted, Katzi, the older cat, didn't love Pedro the same and as much as Pedro would have loved her to be a playmate, and there was a lot of hissing and fighting, but when Katzi died Pedro was devastated. He roamed the apartment looking for Katzi -- but he couldn't find her. One day, then, I went out on a hunch and brought home an 8-week-old female kitten, Betty, and the 2 were a match made in (cat) heaven. They loved each other from the first moment Betty moved in, when they rubbed their noses together! They became the best of friends.

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