Medical Problems Which Can Masquerade As Bad Behaviour In Cats

At a glance

About: Several diseases can lead to changes which pet owners may put down to bad behaviour, this highlights the importance of a thorough medical evaluation for any cat displaying undesirable behaviour to determine if there is a medical cause.

What kind of behaviours can be caused by disease?

  • Going to the toilet outside the litter tray
  • Overgrooming which can lead to baldness
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Aggression
  • Excessive crying

Causes:

  • Neurological disturbances
  • Oral pain
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Urinary tract diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Skin diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Pica
  • Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (senility)

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Bottle Feeding Kittens

Bottle feeding is necessary for kittens under five weeks who are orphaned, have been rejected by their mother, the mother has a medical condition that makes her unable to nurse, or if the litter is large. It is both rewarding and challenging to bottle feed a kitten and requires knowledge to do it safely.

Deciding to hand-raise a kitten takes time and commitment. Neonates will need to be fed, cleaned and helped to go to the toilet every 2-3 hours, around the clock until the kitten is old enough to start solid food.

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Cat Friendly Treats – People Food That Is Safe For Cats

Cat-friendly treats at a glance

  1. Boiled, grilled or roast chicken and turkey
  2. Cheese (cottage or cheddar)
  3. Tuna
  4. Fruit and vegetables
  5. Eggs
  6. Prawns and shrimp

Why give treats at all?

Treats for most cats are not necessary, and with obesity at endemic rates, the addition of treats can add additional calories that a cat doesn’t need. So, why feed treats?

  • Sometimes a cat is not well, and a treat can encourage him or her to eat something
  • Treats can be used as a reward when training a cat
  • To hide pills or medication in (this generally works better for dogs but can be attempted for cats)
  • To celebrate the cat’s birthday or another special event

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Effects of Poisoning on Different Body Systems in Cats

Poisoning is a common occurrence in cats, although not as common as in dogs as they are more picky eaters, but it can still happen for several reasons.

  • When a well-meaning pet owner administers a medication that has not been prescribed
  • If the cat receives a larger dose of a prescribed medication
  • The cat intentionally ingests a toxic substance (such as a plant, or medicine)
  • Contact with a toxic substance that is then ingested when the cat grooms
  • Secondary poisoning (eating a rodent that has ingested poison)
  • Deliberate poisoning
  • Venom toxicity (snake bite, spider bite, scorpion, frogs and toads)

Poisons can affect one or several body systems, and cause a range of symptoms which we have highlighted below.

Effects of poisoning on different body systems

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