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When it rains, it pours! Just last week, Odie was at the vet and now our kitty , Lance, is going back again. Please send him some good vibes! You might remember that he's had recurring issues with his tail (feline hyperesthesia) and after trying to combat it ourselves with more natural methods over the past couple of weeks (Feliway, stress relief supplements, etc.), it has come to the point where he needs medical intervention.

He has had this for as long as I can remember, but usually his episodes would come every few months or more and would last only 1-3 days. We've mentioned it at a vet appointment before, but since it was fairly mild he wasn't put on medication and no further testing was done. Unfortunately this episode is continuing. We were applying antibiotic cream to his tail wound, hoping that it would heal and this episode would be temporary (and at one point I thought it was getting better), but no such luck. We started him on an all natural stress relief supplement and realized that it would take awhile to see some improvement, but we have now gone through the whole bottle and his behaviour has become severe.

I called the vet immediately this morning after we saw him biting his tail and screaming in pain, but not letting go (and he ripped hair out and was bleeding). So sad to see him do this and his quality of life has been so low recently that we're now open to putting him on medication to see if there's any improvement. It's a pretty sad existence, so I think that the pros of SSRIs and other meds outweigh the cons at this point. In addition to this he has been peeing outside the litter box (also an ongoing issue). We've started putting Odie's pee pads where he's choosing to go in an attempt to save our floors. We have spent a lot of money investigating bladder and other issues (some of you might remember that we just went through a $1500 ordeal with him when he was losing weight), and sometimes we see improvement but he always goes back to peeing outside the litter box. It's not marking, as he doesn't care if it's in a corner or not and he is FULLY emptying his bladder. I'm hoping that if he's put on medication for the hyperesthesia that it might improve his peeing, because I think it's stress related. Anyway, long story short is that we go to the vet tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully it goes well!
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Good luck.

We have a cat who pees everywhere. He started it when he got a UTI like 4 or 5 years ago.

The UTI is gone. He still pees on everything. We pretty much decided it is a habit and we gave him his own room that has an easy to clean floor. Major pain in the rear.
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Good luck.

We have a cat who pees everywhere. He started it when he got a UTI like 4 or 5 years ago.

The UTI is gone. He still pees on everything. We pretty much decided it is a habit and we gave him his own room that has an easy to clean floor. Major pain in the rear.
Thank you! Isn't it terrible? I HATE the smell of cat pee. I'm glad that Lance has mostly switched from the carpet to our laminated laundry room. I think he is now exclusively peeing outside the litter box (frustrating since the pee pad location is about 5 ft from the box). I always use enzyme cleaners when he goes on the carpet and steam clean, but I'm sure the carpet needs to be ripped up when we have the money. No sense doing it now while he's still having issues though.
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So sorry to hear about lance
Good luck at the vets tomorrow, hope they can make him better xx
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Hi love, I'm sorry to hear Lance isn't doing well. You poor thing, you must be so stressed with everything that's going on. I'm praying you get good news tomorrow!!! What a rough couple of weeks for you.

I would definitely start the Ssri (selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor), millions of people take it for depression and do just fine. Maybe they can give him something for pain too?? I feel bad for him, he just can't catch a break. Give him kisses from me!!!

Mimi is getting an X-ray tomorrow so we can see her liver, the vet thinks she may have a small liver for her size since she was such a small pup, perhaps it didn't get as big as it was supposed to. We are also starting a new supplement called Sam-e so trying to get her to take it should be interesting.

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So sorry to hear about lance
Good luck at the vets tomorrow, hope they can make him better xx
Thank you! Me too. There has to be something they can do.

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Hi love, I'm sorry to hear Lance isn't doing well. You poor thing, you must be so stressed with everything that's going on. I'm praying you get good news tomorrow!!! What a rough couple of weeks for you.

I would definitely start the Ssri (selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor), millions of people take it for depression and do just fine. Maybe they can give him something for pain too?? I feel bad for him, he just can't catch a break. Give him kisses from me!!!

Mimi is getting an X-ray tomorrow so we can see her liver, the vet thinks she may have a small liver for her size since she was such a small pup, perhaps it didn't get as big as it was supposed to. We are also starting a new supplement called Sam-e so trying to get her to take it should be interesting.

Keep me posted!!


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Thanks Z! Will do. It's pretty high stress in this household right now, not going to lie, but we'll get through it like we always do. I'm hoping that they'll be willing to try medication. One of Mike's co-workers has a cat that is on Prozac because of aggression and says that it helps so much. Cats are so bizarre! I'm pretty sure the behaviour is compulsive because if we put him in one of Odie's snuggle sacks and he can't see his tail, he stops. I would rather try meds first rather than put him through a bunch of tests that might not find anything and add to his stress. It's hard enough getting him in a crate to take him there and then he meows the entire drive. Poor guy.

I'm so sorry to hear about my little Mimi! I was really hoping that her test was going to come back totally normal. Let me know how her x-ray goes.
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Get an E-Collar for him. It will help and it is the only way we could get Huly's tail to heal or everytime it would get to the itchy stage he would bust it open again. He also uses it when he has a "tail moment" that is really bad. He has learned to use railings, chairs etc to stop him from biting his tail. I know how frustrating this!

Have you changed litter boxes or litter? We use World's best and Nala (who use to be on stuff) does best with it and an open little box. No cover. I also put pee pads around the box as now with her age she doesn't always make it.

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Get an E-Collar for him. It will help and it is the only way we could get Huly's tail to heal or everytime it would get to the itchy stage he would bust it open again. He also uses it when he has a "tail moment" that is really bad. He has learned to use railings, chairs etc to stop him from biting his tail. I know how frustrating this!

Have you changed litter boxes or litter? We use World's best and Nala (who use to be on stuff) does best with it and an open little box. No cover. I also put pee pads around the box as now with her age she doesn't always make it.

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Thank you Christie! It's so frustrating. The part that is the most bizarre that even if he doesn't bite it, he thinks it's separate from his body. He hisses and growls at it and tries to run from it and is in distress. The only thing that will stop this, or the biting behaviour, is putting him in the snuggle sack.

We switched litter boxes to a covered one last year after using an open top one for quite awhile, but he was peeing with that one too.

Vet appointment is in an hour and a half. Will let you know how it goes!


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