The story in the news about how cats change the sounds they make to â€œmanipulateâ€ humans reminded me of an incident I had with one of my cats several years ago. Iâ€™ve always meant to ask cat experts what they thought of it. At one point, the cat became quite sick and stopped eating for several days. Our vet said if she couldnâ€™t be induced to eat, it would set off a sort of â€œdeath spiralâ€ where her liver would shut down and she would die. When she was at her sickest, I remember her sitting on the stairs, looking lethargic and utterly miserable, making a sound Iâ€™d never heard her make before (or afterward). It was a loud, clear and deep â€œOYYYâ€ (Iâ€™m serious, here). I was surprised and alarmed at the time, because I got the sense that she was telling us, â€œIâ€™m very, very sick. I might be dying.â€ Fortunately, my ex-wife set herself the task of force-feeding the cat with food and water and the cat pulled through (though not the marriage). I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience with their cat.
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7/14/09 at 11:25am