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Old November 10th, 2008, 12:34 AM
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Cat has sensitivity to crackling sounds

Hi first time poster here, I came across this forum while trying to find some answers.

The family cat, Greyfur, is having some trouble, she's 20 years-old but otherwise in good health; eats well, drinks when thirsty, purrs, sleeps well (upside down and twitching i.e. deep sleep) in a word: happy - with the exception of being very sensitive to crackling sounds such as rigid plastic, creaking/cracking floor, even one time my knee cracked as I turned and that made her flinch. If the crackling noise happens three or four times in a row she will nearly fall over, it's almost as if she is frozen, her muscles are tense kind of like a fainting goat if you've ever seen one.

This has been going on for less than a year but it's gotten worse, it was manageable but now she's getting worse and it seems as if the pitch of sounds she's sensitive too is getting lower so now even (higher pitched) everyday thumps and bumps are beginning to bother her.

I asked at another pet forum but I can't remember the name of it, someone mentioned high blood pressure. My parents or I haven't taken her to the Vet since as I said it's been OK until recently. I don't think she could take a visit to the Vet with all the noise and a strange environment.

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Old November 10th, 2008, 03:09 AM
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Due to her age it is possible she has some deafness, this may cause sensitivity to certain sound/pitch.

A cat with hypertension aka high blood pressure or kidney failure may also show sensitivity to sound.
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Old November 10th, 2008, 07:13 AM
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My parents or I haven't taken her to the Vet since as I said it's been OK until recently. I don't think she could take a visit to the Vet with all the noise and a strange environment.

Any thoughts?
Is there a vet in your area that does house calls? When was the last time she had a check-up with blood work, urinalysis, and blood pressure monitoring? At her age, she should probably get evaluated a couple times a year to keep ahead of any issues that commonly come up in senior kitties (like kidney disease, hyperthyroid, cardiomyopathy, etc).
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Old November 10th, 2008, 07:17 AM
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Growler and Sugarcatmom have given you the best advice possible. I just wanted to say great job you have done with your kitty if she has made it to 20!!!
Good luck with her. I hope you find a vet who will come to the house to find out what is going on.
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Wow, 20 years old . Great job I don't have any advice but sure would love to see some pictures of your senior kitty.
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Old November 10th, 2008, 10:28 AM
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Thanks for the advice.

I forgot to mention, when her condition was first noticed it seemed to be worse after she woke up and became less apparent the longer she was awake but knowing cats being awake doesn't last long. From what I understand, and have seen myself, it seems to still be the case; she's more sensitive to sounds just after waking but the conditions lasts longer and doesn't go away or diminish like it used to.

I don't think any Vets around here make house calls, there is a Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at UPEI but that would be worse than the Vet's office since it has all types of animals there from small pets to large farm animals.

I'm not sure when the cat last saw a Vet, I'd say at least five years but that's just a guess. She has to see a Vet really, I guess that's the only real answer.


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Old November 10th, 2008, 10:14 PM
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Aww purrty Tabby grrl

When you call the vet to book an appointment ask them to book you in for a quiet time during the day when they have no or few other appointments.

As SCM says she should have a full geriatric blood workup, urinalysis and if your vet clinic has the equipment blood pressure check.
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Old November 10th, 2008, 11:00 PM
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I had a dog who was very sensitive to certain sounds as she got older. The vet said it was hearing loss. She was only hear the higher pitches and it scared her. We had to switch her from a stainless bowl to plastic because the 'ting' sound the food made on her bowl as she ate stressed her out so much she wouldn't eat!

Good luck with your much loved and well cared for kitty!
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Old November 10th, 2008, 11:25 PM
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I don't think any Vets around here make house calls,
Can you call around to some of the vet clinics and see if they know of anyone? There's a list here of some vets in PEI: http://www.vets-4u.ca/prince-edward-...rinarians.html

And Greyfur sure is a honey! I tabbies.
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