Mental Disorders That Affect Pets Too

Pica

Most dog owners have a hilarious story about how their dog chewed up something important, like homework, or infeasible, like a chunk of drywall.

Binge Eating

It’s difficult to know if our animal companions suffer from eating disorders as we do, since we can’t easily confirm the mental and emotional drive behind a pet’s eating habits.

Trichotillomania

Hairballs are a common problem for those who keep cats. Grooming is important for felines, and a lot of fur can end up swallowed in the process.

Autism

Autism spectrum disorder is not so often considered an illness anymore. Many consider autism to be a perfectly normal facet of human psychology that is misconstrued to be a disorder

Depression

Unlike many other disorders, depression is fairly well-documented in nonhuman animals. Those that have been scientifically shown to suffer depression are nonhuman primates and rats.

Anxiety

Stress is a normal reaction for animals when their environment becomes dangerous.

Sleep Disorders

Both cats and dogs can suffer from a few different sleep disorders. Narcolepsy can cause pets to collapse into a deep sleep, sleep apnea can destroy sleep quality and collapse airways.

Alzheimer’s Disease

While aging can contribute to many other mental illnesses in pets, it can also bring its own specific concerns. Many pet owners will shrug off their companion’s strange behavior.

OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder tends to be oversimplified in casual conversation. If someone likes things a certain way or cleans a little more than usual, people may label them as “OCD.”

PTSD

Service pets are often recommended for people who suffer from PTSD and can be a huge help in their recovery.