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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2005, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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Manic Behavior

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I have two great cats Sam (about 1.5 yrs old) and Dave (about 4 yrs old). Dave is having some issues. He has become increasingly manic about his litter box rituals. He rarely covers anything up and goes thru a 5 minute ritual of wiping off his feet. He starts first in the litterbox wiping his feet and banging the walls (it’s an enlcosed box) then he leaves the box and starts to paw at the wall. Many people have suggested we get him a LitterMaid. We did. And he broke it. I have been reading about diabetes but he is not losing lots of weight. He does pee alot and drink alot of water though. What is his problem?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2005, 07:54 PM
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When he pees, is it in quantity or just little squirts? It's possible your older guy is developing a urinary tract problem. If that's the case, he needs to be seen by a vet. Quite frankly, I'd do that first, since this is a change in behavior for him. If he checks out healthy, then you can try adding a litter box and/or switching over to an open box.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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He pees ALOT and often! Way more than Sam. Any thoughts on the feet wiping? He has also become more affectionate and has actually sat on my lap a few times which he never used to do. That's why I thought he may have a problem actually. He will ONLY eat cat food and cat treats. He used to eat peas and tomatos but now it's only cat food. Are there any other telling symptoms of a UTI?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 07:38 PM
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Here's an article for you to read: http://www.littlebigcat.com./index.php? ... w&item=017
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What kind of cat food? Dry? Wet? Feeding cats moist food helps in urinary tract health. There is a sticky in health & nutrition about canned food.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-18-2005, 10:51 AM
 
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Re: My Manic Cat

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\He used to eat peas and tomatos but now it's only cat food. Are there any other telling symptoms of a UTI?
I have read several places that tomatos are bad for cats. They contain a bitter poisonous alkaloid called solanine that humans can handle in small doses but cats cannot.
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