information DOES NOT replace professional veterinary care. It is
intended solely for educational purposes. Your pet's medical condition
should be evaluated by a veterinarian before implementation of any
medical or husbandry changes. If there is a potentially life-threatening
emergency involving your pet, take your pet to a veterinarian or
veterinary facility IMMEDIATELY.
unusual cat behavior
I have noticed my cat is biting his fur out and is drinking
to much water.
Hi Myrtle, you say that your cat is drinking excessively and is
pulling out his fur. Without more information about your cat it
is hard to say what the cause of these behaviors is but one thing
that comes to mind it hyperthyroidism – a common hormonal
problem in older cats. A physical exam and some blood tests performed
by your veterinarian will determine whether the thyroid is the problem
of if something else might be going on. Other causes of excessive
drinking include diabetes and kidney disease. Excessive grooming
may be associated with skin problems, parasites and can often be
induced by stress.
with your cat
We have an older (16) spayed female cat, and we would like to
take her with us when we travel to our vacation home, 2 hours away.
Of course she doesn't seem to like to travel, moaning and crying
the whole way. At her age, is there anything that we could give
her that would make her comfortable for the trip? Her house mate,
a 6 yr old neutered male, seems uncomfortable too, but he just rides
with a very loud purring sound. We have to leave them home, and
only stay away 2-3 days each visit, leaving them food and water
for the time they're alone with their toys. We're getting close
to retirement, and want to spend more time at the vacation spot,
with our cats. Please help us with suggestions.
Cats are homebodies. Your cats are probably reacting to
the stress of travel and may also have motion sickness. After a
traumatic trip the cat will often be more sensitive the next time
– maybe even starting to react just at the sight of the cat
carrier. You can work on desensitizing your cats to the travel experience.
Start by leaving the cat carrier out all the time, put a food dish
or some treats inside. Once the cat will voluntarily enter the carrier
then begin closing the door for short periods of time. The next
step is to put the carrier in the car with the engine off, then
with the engine running and then gradually start taking short car
trips. Remember to drive calmly with no sudden stops and starts.
If at any point the cat becomes anxious, return to the previous
step and gradually proceed again. Your cats’ veterinarian
can prescribe a medication that may help to prevent motion sickness
and cause slight sedation to make the trip easier. It is important
to check with your vet before starting any new medication to be
sure that it is safe for your particular cat and to avoid any possible
to do about cats who pee everywhere
Hi there, my partner and I live in a double story house with
my parents living downstairs. They have 2 cats, one female and male,
same age about 3 years old. The past 2 years they pee everywhere,
and i mean EVERYWHERE! Mainly the male though because we have usually
caught him in the act but rarely the female. They pee on front and
back door, any clothes, pillows, couch, towels in bathroom, walls
and even on parents bed. And the smell is unbelievable. We have
tried spraying citronella all over the place but still pees. Just
today i found out he peed ON my mum. My dad says its there way of
telling you they love you, I'm sorry but that does not sound right.
What do I do? Any advise will be valuable.
Hi Melissa, you don’t say whether the cats are spayed and
neutered. Unaltered cats mark their territory by urinating –
especially by spraying urine on vertical surfaces such as walls.
Having the pets altered may help to stop this behavior and will
prevent unwanted litters of kittens. Cats who have been altered
will sometimes mark territory – particularly if they feel
threatened by another at in the house or seeing other cats outside
the windows. Of course you should also have the cats checked by
their veterinarian to be sure there is no medical reason for their
behavior. Citronella can be used as a deterrent to keep cats away
from certain areas but it will not eliminate the urine odor. Use
a good odor neutralizing product designed for pet odors to clean
the soiled areas/objects. Of course, litterbox hygiene is very important – clean boxes every day and have
one more box than the number of cats at least until the problem
has been solved.