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  • Need advice for my cat

    10 posts, 7 voices, 821 views, started Oct 12, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2008 by Cynthia Schmidt

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      I’ll get to the point. My cat was a stray. We took him in 3 years ago. He had a strange habit of chasing his tail but we didn’t think anything of it. Last year at this time I started feeding a stray kitty outside. My cat went nuts. He started thrashing his tail so bad we almost had to amputate. He was in pain but kept making deep gashes. I stayed up nights and cried and prayed and did my best to keep him from hurting himself. The vet gave me some valium to give him at night to calm him and said it was a behavioral problem. Over the past year he is better and his tail is healed.

      The past couple of days I’ve noticed a stray cat around. I’m not feeding it and I allow My cat to be outside to defend his home territory. Yesterday I noticed a gash and some blood and he started doing this to his tail again.  

      Has anyone had anything like this happen? I need some advice. I don’t want the same scenario like last year. That was horrible.

      Thanks
      Cynthia



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • Cynthia,
          That is so strange! Is there a homeopathic vet on the island? I can’t imagine what would cause him to do that. Makes you wonder what happened in his past.
          I hope you can find an answer. I wish I had one. It does sound more behavioral than nutritional. When I first started reading I thought maybe parasites of some sort, but if he only does it when there is another cat around....
          I am interested to hear other’s answers!  

          Sharing Hope,

          Dee Dee



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          Sbajger wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • Well you can say I am a cat expert I have had up to 13 cats inside my home, I have 9 now they are mostly boys I have 2 older girls, and I resently brought another baby girl. When there tails are wagging like that it means they are upset. They know that there is a new cat somewhere. Inside the house or outside, they are very teritorial they can actually smell another cat outside. Cats can hurt each other even if they are nudered. I have had my cats fight and end up with puncture wounds. And after a few hundred dollars in vets bill they still look for each other. Your best bet is not to let him go outside. Because he will get hurt, he is protecting his home. There is a pill its called calmy calm or something like that the vets carry it. They could detect when a cat is outside there homes. Some will spray the doors from the inside. They can acutally brake their tale its part of there spine that runs down their back. If he gets injured and an infection he might have to get it amputated. I had that happen to me ones when one of my girls got her tip of the tale caught on the door you could see the spine tip. I resently also had to get my older boy he is 17 his tale was amputated he had a tumor, so now he has a bunny tale. Any cat questions ask me Im the expert on cats.

          Sara



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          Dianne67 wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • It sounds like a stressful way he is reacting to the other cat situation.

          I had a cat that licked her vaginal area from the time her stitches came out from being fixed.  She had this V pattern that looked so funny.  She groomed it everyday.  It looked like a crew cut in the area. . I thought the hair never grew back; but the vet could tell that she was self trimming it and then I started noticing her daily routine  

          We also started having a male vistor coming around and when he stopped visiting she started laying on the couch with her head hung over and was depressed.  She went from being a very vocal Siamese cat to just making a dull sounding meow.  

          At the time, she also started grooming sections of her front paws that were leaving bald spots in areas.  The vet recommended Buspar antidepressants; but before we started it she started getting over it by us gving her a lot more attention and distraction.

          My cats have always been indoors for safetly reasons.  It can be dangerous with all kinds of animals outside.

          It sound to me like your cat is dealing with the stress by self mutilating like my cat was doing.  People do it from stress; so why not cats.  It is her one way to get frustraton out.  I would consder the valium to see if the habit can be broken.  You don’t want an infection happening.

          Good Luck-
          Dianne



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • My cat woke me up last night, he has sex with his blanket and gets really loud, I put him and his blanket in the laundry room so they could have complete privacy.  He is neutered too ?  Any advice for that kind of cat.  He waits for me to go to bed before he has his alone time.



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          Dianne67 wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • greeneyedlady....wow!!!  Was he neutured at an older age?

          Maybe try more play time to wear him out before bed so that he is too exhausted for blanket love making.  

          My cat, Suzy, has a special soft blanket that she need on and suckles like when she was a kitten.  They say that is the most comforting time in a kitten’s life so that is why they sometimes repeat it even when they grow up.

          Most of my female cats, even though spayed at young ages, like having the top of their butt rubbed.  My one cat would get stiff and stick her butt way up and howl when my ex husband rubbed her.  I swear whe got off on it.  He ears would get red and hot.  She would also do a light nip it you stopped.  

          Cats all have their own unique ways.

          Hugs-
          Dianne



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • So it sounds like stress is causing his problem. I don’t want to go through what I went through with him last year and now we‘re going on vacation for 2 weeks.

          Has anyone else been prescribed valium for a pet?



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • Yes, he was neutered but I think it was young, he is just in love with his blanket, drags it all over the house, and growls while dragging it. Him and blanket.. are in love.  MEOW



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          Sbajger wrote Oct 22, 2008
        • Yes my cat acts like a zombie when he is on it. He wont hardly move and stares into space. Or an object he finds but it does make him high. I never really use it but i should he is always picking fights



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