Help and ad­vice for ev­ery an­i­mal-lover Whis my neutered cat al­ways fight­ing? Ask the vet

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OUR three-year-old neutered male cat is al­ways fight­ing with the other cats in the house. I’ve tried plug-in pheromones, but it hasn’t helped. I thought neu­ter­ing was sup­posed to stop this kind of be­hav­iour? NEU­TER­ING is re­ally im­por­tant in pre­vent­ing un­wanted lit­ters of cats but it tends to only help with fight­ing as­so­ci­ated with tom cats that and clash over fe­male cats to mate with. It’s pos­si­ble that stress from liv­ing in a multi-cat house­hold is caus­ing your cat to get up­set. Cats like their own space, so be­ing around other cats can cause ri­valry over bowls, beds and lit­ter trays. Al­ways sup­ply at least one of each of th­ese per cat, plus an ex­tra one. Spread them around the home so all of your cats can have a bit of pri­vacy and can live more peace­ful lives. It may be worth try­ing a spe­cific pheromone dif­fuser for multi-cat house­holds too.

WE have a three-yearold ter­rier, Paddy, and he has de­vel­oped a red eye and some­times his eye­lids stick to­gether. I’ve been bathing his eye with cot­ton wool and lo­tion to clean it up, but it keeps com­ing back. What else can I try?

IT sounds like Paddy has some­thing go­ing on with his del­i­cate eyes that would re­quire treat­ment. Your vet will be able to check the pink fleshy area around the eye but also the eye it­self to make sure there are no ul­cers, for­eign ob­jects or in­fec­tions present. It’s best not to use any hu­man prod­ucts on his eye as this could be the cause of fur­ther ir­ri­ta­tion.

As eye con­di­tions can quickly get worse, I’d rec­om­mend get­ting Paddy

PRET­ZEL is a corn­snake who ar­rived in the care of the Scot­tish SPCA af­ter he was found stray­ing and is now ready to search for a new home.

Pret­zel would ben­e­fit from an ex­pe­ri­enced owner who has the cor­rect set up for him and the time to con­tinue to build his con­fi­dence with han­dling. Al­though Pret­zel is re­ferred to as a male, he has not been ex­am­ined so may be male or fe­male.

If you think you could give Pret­zel the home he needs, call the Glas­gow cen­tre on 03000 999 999.

checked over as soon as pos­si­ble.

MY cat Buster fol­lows me ev­ery­where I go, even to the lo­cal shop. I’m wor­ried he will have an ac­ci­dent or get lost. SOME cats like fol­low­ing their own­ers around and this is thought to be due to them hav­ing a strong bond with us. In most cases, cats will only fol­low us for a cer­tain dis­tance be­fore they feel that they have roamed too far from home.

But if Buster is fol­low­ing you to haz­ardous places, such as busy roads, you are right to be con­cerned. This be­hav­iour isn’t easy to stop and you may need to keep him in­doors when you leave so that he can’t fol­low you.

Make sure that he has toys and climb­ing trees so he can look out­doors and stay stim­u­lated while you’re out. If this doesn’t work, your vet may be able to help or rec­om­mend a pet be­haviourist for ex­pert ad­vice.

MY ger­bil seems to be drink­ing a lot more than usual and is off his food. His fur has also started to look quite greasy and smells a bit. What should I do? THERE are many con­di­tions that could be caus­ing th­ese symp­toms, some of which can be very se­ri­ous or painful so it’s best to get your vet to give him a check over.

Give your vet as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble about when this started, whether it was grad­ual or hap­pened all of the sud­den and the ex­act changes that you’ve been see­ing.

Send your ques­tions to ask­[email protected] To find out if your pet is el­i­gi­ble for free PDSA treat­ment, call 0800 7312502. Glas­gow PDSA PetAid Hos­pi­tals: 1 Sham­rock Street (0141 332 6944), Muiry­fauld Drive, Toll­cross(0141 763 0800).

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