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Dr. Michael Salkin
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We have a 5yo neutered male cat who has since 1yo has

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We have a 5yo neutered male cat who has since 1yo has exhibited behavioural issues like overgrooming & meowing all night. These were sporadic enough for us to be able to live w them, but in the past 6 months have escalated -- and now incl circling for hours & spraying on top. He also has increased anxiety around our other 2 cats (who he got along with before and who have no behaviour or medical issues). We have now confined him to a room, and he is now happier and calm and displaying no behavioural issues. He hasn't lost any weight, and we don't think he has a health issue - but we want to rule out hypothyroidism/any other medical issues before going down the pure behavioural route. What else do you think we should be testing for? (Blood/urine)
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

Amber and Simon, if this behavior has persisted from a year of age and now abated when confined to a room and there's been no change in weight, I see no reason to consider a medical disorder. If he were an older cat, hyperthyroidism would be a consideration but hyperthyroid cats don't improve without therapy and it would be unusual to diagnose hyperthyroidism at even 5 years of age in any event. I have no objection to having a basic diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests performed but I would be surprised if you found anything untoward in such tests.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you Dr. Salkin. That was helpful. Are there any other potential medical issues that his behaviour might suggest that we should ask our vet to test for (either blood or urine test)?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

Idiopathic cystitis - a non-infectious inflammation of the bladder thought to be stress-related. A complete urinalysis usually reveals increased numbers of both red and white blood cells but no bacteria. His normalizing when relocated rules out metabolic disorders.

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