PETS

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Pets/family -

QMy cat sleeps for long pe­ri­ods on the fur­ni­ture. When he moves from the spot, there’s of­ten a small patch of urine where he was ly­ing. We have a cat flap, and our gar­den is shel­tered and a safe en­vi­ron­ment for him. I thought he might just be lazy, or in­con­ti­nent, but I also won­der if it’s a ner­vous thing (we got him from a shel­ter, and I think he’d been moved around a lot be­fore then).

ROGER MUG­FORD WRITES:

AYoushould def­i­nitely take your cat for a full clin­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and metabolic/ haema­to­log­i­cal/uro­log­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion by your ve­teri­nary sur­geon. He may in­deed just be lazy, but I think it more likely that there is an un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion. There are any num­ber of con­di­tions that might ex­plain your cat’s be­hav­iour, in­clud­ing uroliths (blad­der stones) and cys­ti­tis. There’s also the pos­si­bil­ity that there has been a loss of neu­ro­log­i­cal func­tion through age­ing or trauma which, in the same way as it af­fects hu­mans, has caused your cat to lose con­trol. I had a cat with the same prob­lem as yours. In that case it was caused by an ac­ci­dent in which he was struck in the blad­der re­gion. If a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion by a spe­cial­ist cat vet does not pro­duce ev­i­dence of any un­der­ly­ing con­di­tion, you may wish to change your cat lit­ter: leaf mould is a very pow­er­ful at­trac­tant for cats (un­ri­valled by any com­mer­cial prod­uct) and yours may be more drawn to­wards his lit­ter tray.

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