February 19th, 2008, 11:01 AM
Banshee our 12 year old housecat has been displaying some new behaviours. When we are gone for the weekend and return home we find:
- vomit on our bed
- feces in various spots around the home
- excessive fur loss
- excessive screaming (hence his name) which goes on, and on, and on.
* He is unable to travel with us due to the excessive screaming and therefore must remain home*
February 19th, 2008, 11:44 AM
Hard to say, kitties show they are ill in the weirdest of ways, but any variances from their normal behaviour should include a vet visit.
Is he left alone regularily or is this the first time? How is his eating/drinking since you got home? Any problems going to the bathroom/straining/diarreah etc. (besides going elsewhere)?
February 19th, 2008, 12:11 PM
Many pets get very very stressed when their people are away overnight, even if only for a weekend. Solomon will groom patches of his fur bald when he's stressed, and Boo used to throw up when we were away until we got a really great pet-sitter to spend time with the critters in our absence. Do you have someone coming to the house while you're gone? Do they spend quality time with Banshee?
February 19th, 2008, 12:28 PM
that sounds like a lot more than a stressed kitty to the vet pronto
February 19th, 2008, 06:10 PM
He has been to the vet many times but they have no answers - except possibly stress. He only does it when we are away. His eating/litterbox use is normal and when we are away for extended periods of time we do have someone come to spend time with him. Any ideas how to calm him?
February 19th, 2008, 06:24 PM
A Feliway diffuser can help to calm some cats. It's a synthetic pheromone that mimicks the 'happy' scent cats leave from glands on their cheeks and chin. Here's more info: http://www.feliway.uk.com/feliway_uk.nsf/Page?OpenForm It's odorless to people.
There is also a Bach flower essence called Rescue Remedy (http://www.rescueremedy.com/pets/) that can imbue a sense of calm on stressed animals. A few drops in water or food for maintanance, or rubbing some into the inside of the cat's ear during acute stress might be of some help.
Other than that, I'm wondering about the person that looks after your kitty while you are away. Are you really sure they're trustworthy? Are they cleaning the litterbox as much as they should?