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I am a UK ExXXXXX XXXXXving in Oman. I rescued a 2 week old kitten

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I am a UK ExXXXXX XXXXXving in Oman. I rescued a 2 week old kitten and she is now 1.5 years old. She is a tri-colour (tortoise shell and tabby mix), has always been a bit feisty, but generally a lovely cat. Unfortunately, recently she has started getting spooked by her own tail, which is getting worse. She is now hissing, growling and attacking her own tail. The local vet suggested some sedatives, but we are struggling to get her to eat them. The little she is having, does not seem to be helping. It's very upsetting to watch, like fighting with herself, we are struggling to distract her. Any ideas?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob.
I'm sorry to read of Josey's condition, and having lived in Germany for three years,I can appreciate the complications of her case. Usually, but not always, this behavior is not a psychological condition, but a reaction to irritation, discomfort or pain. You can test this by giving Josey a baby aspirin (low dose 81 mg) once very 72 hours to see if the behavior is lessened or stopped. Even a tough to pill cat can be dosed once every three days. If this helps, continue for 14 days to allow whatever the irritation or problem may be to subside, then taper off and watch her closely to see if the problem recurrs. Another product that may be both useful and useable is one called "Feliway". This is a feline pheromone product that has soothing and calming effects on cats, but is odorless and harmless to both them and us humans. You can buy Feliway online without a prescription, your veterinarian may stock it, or be able to order it for you. Pet stores (?) may also carry the product. You may want to ask your veterinarian about whether they work with compounding pharmacies there. These services can concoct prescription products that may be applied to the skin of the ear or other exposed skin surfaces, allowing medications to be absorbed through the skin. The number of medications that will work in this way is somewhat limited, and the absorbtion rate may not be optimal, but it would be another possible route of administration of medications for our "feisty" little Josey. Hopefully the aspirin will do teh trick, and the Feliway help, if needed, but if you should have further questions, please let me know.
Happy New Year!
Best regards,
Dr. Bob
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank-you Dr. Bob, we will try that.


 


I assume that Baby Asprin is human baby asprin?

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
You're more than welcome, Martin.
Yes that is human baby aspirin, or the low dose (81 mg) adult type used for heart health. If I may be of any further assistance to you, please let me know.
Kind regards,
Dr. Bob

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