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My cat is driving me to insanity! Please help!

post #1 of 10
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I don't know what is wrong with this cat. He's a year and a month old and is neutered. I've had him since he was born and weaned him from his mother at 10 weeks. I don't know what his problem is, but he's been like this since he was 4 months old, and its steadily getting worse. Its to the point now that I'm almost going insane. He's not too bad when you're in the same room as him, but as soon as you leave the room he goes crazy. He starts screaming and howling. He paces back and forth and his pupils are always dilated. Its so bad that I can't even go to the washroom without him freaking out. And he doesn't just do it for a few minutes and then stop. He KEEPS DOING IT until you come back!
This cat is seriously driving me crazy. Can someone please help me out. I don't know what to do with him anymore. I've tried rescue remedy and it used to work but now it doesn't do anything at all anymore.
post #2 of 10
Is he an only kitty? I can't remember if Momma was your kitty or if she was a foster kitty. You might want to get him a buddy so he isn't so dependent on you.

Also the dilated eyes, has he been to the vet? Did something happen at 4 months of age? Fall on his head, eating something toxic? Will he come to you when you call him, or follow you out of the room or just he just act lost and disoriented? Some kind of seizure?

Sorry I don't have any better input.
post #3 of 10
Are you 100% sure he can hear? That is the way my deaf cat acts. What color is your kitty?
post #4 of 10
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Hes a black and white medium hair. The only thing that I can remember happening around that time was that we put my other cat (which was his best friend) down. He didn't eat for days and was really depressed about it. We got another cat though soon after and they are best buddies now.
I have three cats in total.
I know he can hear because he will come when I call him and as soon as he hears me wake up in the morning, he goes crazy and starts meowing and screaming and carrying on.
post #5 of 10
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And yes, he has been to the vet since and the vet said that he was a very healthy kitty. I havn't taken him in about the screaming and crying though because my other cat has alot of medical issues right now and its costing me alot of money.
post #6 of 10
Have you tried a cat tree with as many perches and hide-a-ways ss you can afford (try Armarkats) and other toys that you play with him? Is he neutered? Or maybe he's just spoiled!
post #7 of 10
hmm, maybe his experience of losing that other kitty has made him scared of losing you whenever you leave. Does he follow you from room to room? Maybe if you let him follow you he will be more comfortable?

I think if you come back to the room every time he starts howling, you're just conditioning this behavior though. It seems like he will eventually get used to you're coming and going, and realize you're not going anywhere and that he doesn't need to worry. Maybe if you talk to him whenever you leave the room, it will make him feel better since he can still hear your voice.
post #8 of 10
It does sound like he's suffering from some separation anxiety. He's neutered, so that's not the problem. He's only a year old, so it's not kitty Alzheimer's. He's not deaf, and he wasn't really taken from his mother at too young an age...

Have you tried Feliway diffusers? They are somewhat expensive, but it's a thought. A lot of people on TCS have great success with them.

You might also want to talk to your vet about Prozac or Buspar. It sounds bizarre, but sometimes aggressive or anxious cats just need a little chemical help like us humans.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have tried the feliway difusers but they didn't do too much. I also tried Rescue Remedy. I would like to talk to the vet about putting him on something though because I think that might be the only thing that will work.
post #10 of 10

Just wanted to tell you that I had 2 males who were spraying inside because of a stray outside and on Prozac, not one single spray for years now.

Also have a female who acted like your cat, and she is on Buspar. Totally different cat, really amazing. I don't think the generic Buspar is that expensive, and from my experience, it's worth a good try.

Good luck with this!
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