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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Please help, not sure what's wrong with my female cat. One

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Please help, not sure what's wrong with my female cat. One she's scitterish, yaming more than usual , I change her litter, (although she's an outdoor cat), feed her, she just won't settle,she seems agitated, drinking more water, eating continuously. Had an appointment today for the local vet, but couldn't get a hold of her. Kittens , that's her name will be a year on March the 17. She's had her jabs, and has been dressed.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Could you please clarify what "yaming" and "dressed" means?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yaming means meowing ; dressed means neutered
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Thank you! It would be unlikely that such a young cat who appears to be polydipsic (increased thirst) and polyphagic (increased hunger) would be either diabetic or hyperthyroid - the two main causes of those symptoms and so I suspect that those symptoms are related to her feeling threatening by another cat she's been exposed to recently. She sounds as if she's anxious ("scitterish, unsettled, agitated") which usually occurs with a change in your routine, her feeding schedule, a new cat or person in her territory, remodeling, and other household changes. Her increased water and food intake, then, may represent food hoarding/guarding rather than a medical condition.

It's not unreasonable to rule out a medical condition with a physical exam and blood/urine tests but I would be surprised if testing a cat otherwise well and not yet one year old would come back abnormal. It frustrates me that I can't be more specific for you. Her change in behavior concerns me but it's not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.