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My Cat is not himself

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Johann1206, May 21, 2020.


  1. Johann1206

    Johann1206 PetForums Newbie

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    My cat has recently not been himself. He usually eats all his food but recently he has been leaving some of it (he does go back for it) and he’s had a few accidents out of his litter tray. The only thing that has changed is that I have brought home a new kitten 3 weeks ago but he appeared to be getting along okay.
    We have been separating them when it seemed the playfighting had gotten a little too much or when the kitten was annoying our older cat Felix but tonight out of nowhere he pinned him down by the throat and it was pretty hard to separate them. he even started hissing at the kitten and me. Any advice on what to do with both him alone and then both together?
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    @Johann1206 - it sounds as though Felix may have a urinary tract infection or stress-related feline cystitis. You will need to take him to the vet as he may need a course of antibiotics (if it is a UTI).

    Now that Felix is unwell, you will need to separate the two cats for now, to give Felix peace and quiet and time for his stress levels to fall. Is he passing big pees and not straining or going to the litter tray frequently to pass small amounts of urine?

    Are his stools normal?

    A cat with a urinary problem should have a wet food diet only, so as to increase his fluid intake. The aim is to increase the volume of urine making it more dilute so the cat pees more often, and the bladder is flushed through.

    You can also give Felix a supplement to help his bladder, either Cystaid Plus or Cystease. But you need to see the vet to ensure Felix does not have a UTI.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feliway-D79310B-FELIWAY-Cystease-Capsules/dp/B00BWTP7QA/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?crid=1JUDAS1GFU7N&dchild=1&keywords=cystaid+plus+for+cats&qid=1590046143&sprefix=cystaid+plus+,aps,134&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFEWlpHQTJaMjZXWTQmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA3MzYwNzczSk1YWTNMMFlTN0E1JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAxNDE0ODFGSVRZTkpQTTJLV0Umd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cystaid-Pl...s=cystaid+plus+for+cats&qid=1590046175&sr=8-5

    Either of these will be helpful to him.

    Once you have the cats together again (when Felix is better) make sure you increase all the feline resources so as to reduce competition. So, extra litter trays - a minimum of 3 trays.

    Extra water bowls, around the house, several scratch posts and scratch pads in every room, extra cat beds, high-up places for Felix to rest when he wants time away from the kitten.

    Also, give the cats their own separate feeding spots, a distance apart and out of sight of each other.
     
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    I'm concerned you're giving mixed messages if you're separating during play fighting. It's very normal and particularly in new introductions its a way of cats learning each others limits and learning some manners.

    Taking three weeks to introduce a kitten is unnecessary and overkill.

    How old are they both and are they both neutered?
     
  4. Johann1206

    Johann1206 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the info. We have already set up litter trays and separate food bowls in different places. his pee is fine we recently bought a fountain to get him to drink more and he loves it. His poo is a little runny but this has only been today and usually it’s pretty good.

    Will definitely give the vitamins a go tho.

    they have a lot of toys and things to play with however felix does get positive over his favoured fish toy and doesn’t like milo playing with it.

    they have lots of high places to escape to, and I’ve made card board boxes into play boxes
     
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    we introduced them in a week we’ve just had the kitten for 3 weeks. And we only stop the play fighting when felix seems to take it a little far and milo cries and Felix doesn’t leave him alone. And then we let them carry on after.

    our kitten milo is 8 weeks and Felix is just under a year old. (Yes I’m aware that milo should still be away from his mum but we were told that he was of age and when we took him to the vets they told us otherwise.)

    Felix seems to have taken on the parent roll and grooms him and takes care of him and encourages him to use the toilet.

    he can just get a little agitated at milo because he’s so energetic and won’t leave him alone.
     
  6. chillminx

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    @Johann1206 - the supplements I recommended (you would only need one kind) are not vitamins, they are for bladder support, soothing an inflamed urinary tract and protecting the lining of the bladder.

    When cats avoid peeing in their litter trays it may be because they have pain from cystitis or a UTI. They associate the litter tray with pain so they choose somewhere else (often a soft surface) to pee on to comfort themselves.

    You mentioned that Felix gets agitated when Milo won't leave him alone, and that might be enough to cause stress to Felix and affect his urinary tract. Cats as a species are well known for internalising stress and it presenting physically as a health or behavioural issue.

    For any kind of feline urinary problem (including soiling) a wet food diet is essential. Research has shown that cats on a dry food diet ingest much less moisture than those fed a wet food diet. Cats are not designed by nature to be great drinkers because they are a desert species who evolved to get their moisture from the body fluids of their prey. They simply do not drink enough water if they eat mostly dry food and this has implications for the long term health of their kidneys and bladder.
     
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