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My cat has been not quote himself. There was a new cat in

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Hi there
My cat has been not quote himself. There was a new cat in area and it seems to be scaring him so he wouldn't go out much for a day or so. He does now but stays close to home. He has been a little skitty at home and unsettled at night. He has wanted ro go out later and is a bit restless and meowing more ar night. today was sick and had an accident in the night indoors. Rather unusual. He doesnt do this. What would you suggest
Submitted: 13 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.I'm sorry to hear this and appreciate your concern.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
What age is he?
Was the accident urine or stool?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Thanks
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
No thanks
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Hopefully you can see my questions above?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Via message not phone
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
that's fine. I'll await your reply to my questions above.
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
11
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Stool but not diarrhoea
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Thank you, understood.Has he lost weight recently?
Does he have any other signs such as a change in thirst or appetite?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
No no weight loss
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Eating fine possibly a bit more and more thirsty in heat but not huge difference
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Thank you, understood.Is he more vocal?
Any stiffness or slowing down?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
He cried a bit more not slowing
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Got it, sure.And when did he last see a vet?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
No stiffness very affectionate still.
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
A while back guess
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
When he had an infection earlier in year
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
He eats stuff outside so sometimes gets ill
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
What do you think
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Understood, OK.
Before typing my full reply if there anything else you think I should know?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Just tumny thing
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
No thanks
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Hello?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

I am just typing my reply. This will take a few minutes so please be patient.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Ok
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

I'm sorry he is not himself and understand your concern.

Given his age, it could be that there is an underlying medical issue.

While the other cat in the neighborhood could certainly be factor, I'd want him checked over to ensure we are not missing anything.

As he is skittish, unsettled, more vocal and possibly hungrier, I would be keen to ensure his thyroid hormone levels is normal (a simple blood test) and he does not have blood pressure.

I'd also consider a urine analysis. I suggest this rather than a stool analysis as his stool is solid. Oftentimes, the accident is because the cat feels like straining due to a bladder issue (such as cystitis) and stool passes.

At this age, a high percentage of cats start to get arthritis and initial signs can be subtle but we do sometimes see stool outside of the tray. Due to this, I'd ask the vet to thoroughly check his joints, especially his back and hind limbs.

After his check up, we will hopefully have a clearer idea of what is going on.

At home, keep a close eye for any other signs and ensure he has the ability to come inside whenever he needs to (with e.g. an open cat flap).

He should always have access to 2 clean litter trays.

Do also keep track of his eating and drinking habits to ensure they are not changing.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Thanks for that
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

No problem.

Do you have any further questions today?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
No thanks
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Ok and take care.

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