Is it common for a cat to become depressed when you bring it home from the shelter?

So we got a new cat 3 days ago named Tiki, and she seems to be depressed or sick (Wally had the sniffles and gave it to her but that's it). I'm not sure though. She was extremely affectionate when I met her and when I brought her home, same with yesterday and whatnot, but today she's just so distant from the world. She hasn't been eating at all since we brought her home, and she's been drinking very little. Today she's extremely lethargic and isn't motivated to even leave the bathroom. Her eyes are very glassy, and again she just seems extremely uninterested in everything.

Is it common for a new cat to become depressed when you bring them home from the shelter?

Asked by Wally on Feb 10th 2013 Tagged cat, depressed, depression, sick, new in Bringing Your Pet Home
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You said she was affectionate & not she's not. She sounds she's sick rather than depressed since you say that she's lethargic, not eating, won't move & her eyes are very glassy. She really needs to see the vet.

Twinkle answered on 2/11/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Twinkle is absolutely right. And, to add to that excellent advice, I would get on the phone NOW and call the shelter where you got her. Tell them you've brought home a sick cat and you need to bring her back. Shelter vets do the best they can, but with so many homeless cats in shelters, sometimes things happen. If they give you a hard time, ask to speak with the manager or director of the shelter. Since Tiki is so sick, you need to get her to a vet immediately. And since she may have something contagious, keep her separated from Wally so she doesn't pass it to him. This is very serious both for Tiki and Wally's health. And, the shelter needs to be contacted as well. If it is contagious, they will have to close and disinfect their shelter temporarily.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 2/11/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer