Hi Gina, Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help you and Romeo. It does sound to me that something is physically wrong with Romeo. Is he eating and drinking normally? Is he urinating and defecating normally? Does he drink excessive water? Has he lost any weight? And. . .does he move normally and jump onto things as easily as he used to?
It is also possible since he lost his collar while out, that he was in a fight and is feeling sore from that. Do you think he has a fever? A fairly easy way to tell is to feel his ears. Usually, they feel warm to us, but not hot (a cat's normal temperature is about 37.5.
All very good signs! Sometimes, there are no obvious fight wounds. (Actually, initially, there is much evidence at all!) So this could be what happened still. I asked about whether he was moving normally and jumping onto things to see if his aggressiveness could be from musculoskeletal pain (like sore muscles or a developing abscess from fighting, or a back problem).
The other approach to this, would be to consider changes in his environment both indoors or outdoors. Any new animals (new cats in the neighborhood), and new people in your household?
That can be a sign of pain for sure. Also, sometimes diabetic cats have twitchy skin, but if he is drinking normal amounts of water and eating normally, then this is probably not his problem.
No apologies necessary. . .you are being a big help. This is why we have this chat, so I can hopefully get to the bottom of his problem by you being my hands and eyes as I ask questions.
Is he licking anywhere excessively?
Does he seem to be aware or do you think he is disoriented at all?
Is he current on his vaccinations?
Sorry for all of my questions!!
Is he up to date on his rabies vaccination?
That means his pupils widened which occurs if a cat is anticipating something delightful or awful. Also, if he was moved by you from an area of bright light to an area that is dimmer or dark.
Do his ears feel especially warm or hot to you?
I am totally sure of that!
You are being very helpful! Really, the symptoms you are describing seem possibly neurological ( meaning from his brain. . .like a seizure or a brain infection of some kind), or from muscle pain like from a fight. When a cat or dog has possible neurological symptoms, we have to consider rabies, which of course has very serious implications for you and your daughter's safety. You have said he has had all of his injections, but just to double check has he had a rabies vaccination in the last year? (Here in the States we have both a one year and a three year rabies vaccination).
Yes, definitely. Doesn't sound like this is a behavioral problem. You should also take every precaution to protect your daughter and you from any bites or scratches. It is highly unlikely that he has rabies. . .but not impossible. If he did have a 3 year rabies vaccination, then that is very, very good. If his vaccination was just for one year, then rabies becomes more of a possibility. . .still very uncommon, but possible. Do you remember what they told you about the vaccinations he received. . .how long until he needed to get more vaccinations?
I can imagine. . .what with a new baby and all!!!! After we finish here with your rating, we can continue on this thread, so I'd like very much to hear what is determined about Romeo. Thanks so much for allowing me to work with you! Dr. Barbara
I'm happy to be of help. Good luck!