Nerve Wracking Behavior from my cat

by Kim
(Pittsburgh)

My 12ish year old neutered male cat has been behaving oddly. About 4 months ago we brought a new female cat into our home only to discover that she was already pregnant. She had the kittens and we got rid of all but 1. My male cat hated the mom cat, attacking her constantly, always yelling......so we rehomed her and kept only 1 kitten. In the last few months my male cat has been incredibly itchy, losing hair and just recently began to pee on blankets, sheets, anything on the floor. He has been bathed, received flea treatments, moved his litter box and nothing seems to matter. Please advice, I am at my wits end. Thank you so much!


Answer by KAte
Hi
some cats simply dont enjoy living with other cats and this can make them very anxious about their home life.

this can cause these symptoms ie. over grooming, losing fur and also urinating outside the litter box. So your cats problem may simply be that he is very anxious about living with this other cat. If this is the case you can try going through the reintroduction process again and perhaps giving your cat something to help calm them down. Please see these two pages for more information on these two things

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/introducing-cats.html

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/scared-cat.html

However their may be another problem entirely. he may have a parasite problem or even an allergy which is causing the excessive itching. This would be very distressing for your cat and this too can cause them to urinate outside of the litter box. It may not always be apparent what is causing the itching so it is always best to take them to see a vet so that their skin can be checked out etc.

Please see this page for more on this

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-hair-loss.html

Hope you can find the cause soon

best wishes Kate

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