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    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 5th Oct 19, 12:00 PM
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    Cat problem
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    • 5th Oct 19, 12:00 PM
    Cat problem 5th Oct 19 at 12:00 PM
    We have two cats - aged 16 and 17
    The older one has changed considerably over the last few years
    He is "MY" cat but has fixated on my wife - following her around like a lost soul
    He disappears for 6 hours every day and constantly wants to be let out through the cat flap
    He eats constantly
    He has been checked out by the vet and nothing has been found wrong - is it just age ?
    He annoys the hell out of my wife
    Any advice welcome
    WW3 is coming - it's been almost 75 years since the last one - the next one will be FAR worse !
    So what's a few squabbles between politicians ??
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    • donnac2558
    • By donnac2558 5th Oct 19, 1:52 PM
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    He is just old and might a touch of dementia?


    A friend's elderly cat always comes in with me when I arrive at her house. She says, the cat just went out 30 seconds ago. Then the cat decides to go out again about 5 minutes later. I just say she is being polite when I ask do want to come in? So follows me in.
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 6th Oct 19, 11:59 AM
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    • 6th Oct 19, 11:59 AM
    Agree with Donna. It's likely age and, maybe, insecurity.

    My cat is younger but follows me round the house all the time. My cleaners say that he is more like a dog than a cat! There is only me and him and he was a stray so I think he relies on me. He doesn't react well if he has to stay at the vet or someone comes round to feed him while I am away

    Not sure why it annoys your wife so much

    Did you mention it to the vet when he was checked?
    Last edited by NeilCr; 06-10-2019 at 12:03 PM.
    • Dymphna60
    • By Dymphna60 6th Oct 19, 12:42 PM
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    Checked out by the vet ? When and in what way .
    Listened to heart , felt belly , saw it walk kind of way ? Or investigated for possible medical conditions ? Eg blood tests for hyperthyroidism.
    Is your main concern that it may be ill or that it is annoying your wife ?
    • borkid
    • By borkid 6th Oct 19, 12:53 PM
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    I've had cats for 50 years and yours sounds normal, each have their own personality. Every comment made I can relate to the four cats I have now. Re changing with age that happens the same as in people. Did it happen relatively quickly , had something happened in the cats life? I asked because we had a very aloof / hide when a non family member enters the house. We put the house on the market and suddenly this aloof cat was greeting all the viewers and following them around. Even after the move he didn't change and is very friendly more like a dog.
    • Vet
    • By Vet 6th Oct 19, 2:37 PM
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    What exactly did your vet do?

    Is he eating constantly and gaining weight? losing weight?
    Has anything triggered these changes? A house move? new cat in the area?

    More information would be good, but I would suggest that bloods would likely be the next course of action if the history is non suggestive of any other conditions.
    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 8th Oct 19, 12:37 AM
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    • 8th Oct 19, 12:37 AM
    Please go back to the vet for more thorough/ in depth assessment. Or change to a better practice if you only went very recently. A marked change in behaviour should be taken seriously by them.
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    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 8th Oct 19, 9:42 AM
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    • 8th Oct 19, 9:42 AM
    What exactly did your vet do?

    Is he eating constantly and gaining weight? losing weight?
    Has anything triggered these changes? A house move? new cat in the area?

    More information would be good, but I would suggest that bloods would likely be the next course of action if the history is non suggestive of any other conditions.
    Originally posted by Vet
    Approx 5 years ago - he had "most of" his thyroid removed
    He is constantly after food - but when given food - he just licks a bit of it and disappears for a few hours (is he getting food at his "second home" ?) he is maintaining his weight (12 lbs) - not losing/gaining more than a few ounces
    No obvious changes in the area (no new cats or anything else obvious)
    Bloods have been taken many times with no sign of anything wrong
    We have changed vets twice now - with no different diagnosis
    in the end - we put it down to ageing and being a bit loopy !
    Last edited by 50Twuncle; 08-10-2019 at 9:44 AM.
    WW3 is coming - it's been almost 75 years since the last one - the next one will be FAR worse !
    So what's a few squabbles between politicians ??
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