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What's wrong with her?

post #1 of 11
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Hi,
WEll, I'll tell you the whole story.

About a year and a half ago, my cat started to pull out her fur, so we put her on Spot-On, and it disappeared. but now, it's come back with a vengeance.
She pulled out the hair under her legs, on her stomach, and now her bald patches are moving up her body. She also bites herself hard enough to cause little scabs. We took her to the vet when the Spot-On stopped working, and she gave her a dose of something (I'm not sure exactly what it was) to reduce the irritation. The vet says it is almost certainly fleas, but took some blood and skin tests to check. Everything seems fine in her blood (the skin tests haven't come back yet) but she wants a urine sample to test too.
Yesterday, I found her straining to pee in the bath. She occasionally scrapes in the bath is she needs the loo, but had never actuallydone anything before. What's worse, is there was blood in the urine.
We have workmen in the house just now, so she is undoubtedly stressed at that, but she seems very out-of-sorts, and is overly sooky and affectionate.
Today, she did a pee in the bath again, but this time it was not blood stained, thankfully. It was while we were in the house though, so she could easily have gone outside to do it.

She has always been a bit of a random cat, and very stupid, but recently she's been even more so, mewing pathetically all the time at nothing. She is being bullied by a new cat on the block, and I think she is afraid to go outside. She is very submissive and will not defend her own garden. There are a few cats she doesn't mind much, but this new cat had completely taken over her territory.

What I would like to know is:
1) Is there anything else I can do to help repel the fleas. (The vet is going to prescribe her a steroid)
2) Is there any reason for her strange behaviour?
3) How bad is it that she was peeing blood? (I am quite worried about that, as my previous cat started to do that, and we soon found out she had a tumour in her bladder, and had to be put down.)
4) Is there anything I can do to encourage her to go outside again?

Sorry for the long post, but I thought you should know all the details.
Thanks so much.
post #2 of 11
It is very bad that she's peeing blood - get her back to the vet right away (before everyone closes up for the holidays!).
post #3 of 11
I'm sure lots of other people will offer their opinions, but here are my answers to your questions:

1) If in fact fleas are the cause of the fur pulling, you are going to need to bomb the house in addition to medicating her according to the vet's instructions.

2) Cats tend to hate changes. You have strangers (the workmen) in the house making all sorts of strange noises. And there is conflict with another cat outside. If you were her, you'd be very stressed out (another possible cause of the fur pulling, by the way) and you'd start to exhibit "strange behavior" too.

(By the way, please don't call your cat "very stupid". Cats aren't stupid; there is a reason why they do just about everything, even if that reason isn't obvious to humans)

3) Urinating blood is at the very least indicative of a urinary tract infection (and possibly worse things), which, as Larke said, means that this cat needs to see a vet ASAP.

4) She’s obviously a sick cat, which means she’s even less inclined and able to fend off attacks from the bullying cat. Why then would you want her to go outside at all? Personally I think she should be kept inside, preferably mostly in a room away from the workmen if that’s possible, until her health returns to normal.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by RobertM View Post
I'm sure lots of other people will offer their opinions, but here are my answers to your questions:

1) If in fact fleas are the cause of the fur pulling, you are going to need to bomb the house in addition to medicating her according to the vet's instructions.
The vet suggested buying a flea spray for the home, so I will do so.

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Originally Posted by RobertM View Post
2) Cats tend to hate changes. You have strangers (the workmen) in the house making all sorts of strange noises. And there is conflict with another cat outside. If you were her, you'd be very stressed out (another possible cause of the fur pulling, by the way) and you'd start to exhibit "strange behavior" too.
The workmen have only been here for two days though, and her behaviour has been strange for a lot longer than that.
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(By the way, please don't call your cat "very stupid". Cats aren't stupid; there is a reason why they do just about everything, even if that reason isn't obvious to humans)
I wasn't being really serious when I said that, but she is rather strange, in the nicest way possible.

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Originally Posted by RobertM View Post
3) Urinating blood is at the very least indicative of a urinary tract infection (and possibly worse things), which, as Larke said, means that this cat needs to see a vet ASAP.
I'm going to the vet tomorrow to pick up some cat litter (which is non-absorbant so I can get a sample of her urine) so I will speak to her then. Is there no possibility she was only passing blood because she was straining? I'm scared by the possibility that the same thing could happen to Copper that happened to my previous cat.

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4) She’s obviously a sick cat, which means she’s even less inclined and able to fend off attacks from the bullying cat. Why then would you want her to go outside at all? Personally I think she should be kept inside, preferably mostly in a room away from the workmen if that’s possible, until her health returns to normal.
She's always gone outside, and never really used a litter tray, so, seeing as cats hate change, I wasn't really wanting to start trying to make her use one.
But... we'll see what the vet says.

Thanks very much for your replies, please keep them coming.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by TortieLover View Post
I'm going to the vet tomorrow to pick up some cat litter (which is non-absorbant so I can get a sample of her urine) so I will speak to her then. Is there no possibility she was only passing blood because she was straining?
But she would have been straining because there's a problem.



Laurie
post #6 of 11
I agree, take kitty to the vet and please don't let her outside until she's fully recovered.
Using a catbox inside shouldn't stress her in the slightest.

do you have any way to take her temp?


The vet probably gave her a cortisone shot to help with the skin irritation... I also agree that the house needs to be bombed, I don't know of any spray that would do the trick. might want to keep an eye out for tapeworms while you're at it, if the fleas are as bad as they sound they could be pretty likely.

please keep us posted
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
But she would have been straining because there's a problem.



Laurie
Yeah, I suppose. Today, she's done another pee and a poo in the bath. Poor little thing, she's so good, doing it in the bath. I'll put hwer litter tray out today, with the non absorbant cat litter.


I won't try to force her out then.

I don't have any way to take her temp I'm afraid.

Thanks again for all your replies.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I have some good news.

I went to the vet today to pick up the cat litter, and to talk to her about the blood in her urine. she requested to see her immediately, so I took her along. She checked her over and said it was just mild cystitis, and have us a 10 day course of synulox tablets, and gave her a synulox injection.

She also said that the skin scrapings showed no sign of any nasty bugs such as mites, ticks or anything else, so it's definitely fleas.

I put out her cat tray with the special Cat litter, and thankfully she used it while I was away Christmas shopping, so I took a sample straight to the vet, and told us that all was clear, and the slight worry she has about her kidneys is perfectly ok as well. There was no tinge of blood either; there was only one instance where there was, the very first timer she peed in the bath.
She's not gone outside for a few days, so I'll leave her litter tray out with normal cat litter until both her cystitis and furry problems have cleared up.

Thanks for replying everyone, I'll keep you updated.
Keep your fingers crossed that this clears without any more bother.
And Merry Christmas!
post #9 of 11
Sending lots of vibes her way!
post #10 of 11
Glad to hear you have it looked at by a vet. Poor sweet kitty. Sending healing vibes to her.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much.
Copper says thanks too.
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