We all love cats; they are usually independent and seldom require human attention. But many of such owners often observe unusual behavior in their pet cats and want to know a definite answer to why is my cat clingy sometimes.
Some of the cats often want your attention and love. If they do not receive your admiration and love, their nature might turn into clinginess. But you as a pet owner do not worry about such conditions; many practical ways can help you to calm down the clinginess of your cat. Some of the common ones are listed below –
1. Increase Interaction with Your cat
If you ever noticed that why is my cat so clingy all of a sudden? It generally occurs when they witness a lack of attention from their owners. A few minutes of your love and attention can quickly fix such kinds of problems. Try to play games with your cat-like chasing a ball or flashing a laser light on the floor to let her chase.
In the cases when you find some troubles in your cat moving around due to lack of space, try to play such games that do not require much space. In the cases when your cat is persistently clingy it might need your serious attention and love.
2. Rewarding Your Cat
If you feel that your cat is trying to draw your attention by scratching your sofa and any of your household stuff. Or you find them rubbing them against your legs. You may need to reward them for any of their good behavior. This may increase confidence in them that their owners love and admire them. But care should be taken if the clinginess went way out of the way it should be discouraged. There are two important things that you can keep in your mind under such circumstances –
- If your cat is performing some undesirable activities to impress you, avoid them.
- If you feel that their behavior is normal to encourage it.
3. Try To Enter and Exit Your House Calmly
If you are wondering why my cat is suddenly clingy, the way you enter and leave the house can be the possible reason. Many of the cats often suffer from separation anxiety from their masters. If your cat meows loudly when you leave it may be a possible symptom of your cat’s clinginess behavior.
On the whole, you should take care of the following points –
- Leave your home quietly and calmly
- While entering your home wait for a few moments before giving attention to your cat
- Do not take the departure from your cat too lovingly or sensitively, try to make them feel normal and part of the daily routine
Taking such steps will eventually make your cat less sensitive from being away from you hence make them less clingy.
4. Hiring a Pet Sitter
Despite all your love and efforts, if you still feel why is my cat clingy, you can hire a good pet sitter. It usually happens when you are away from home doing your chores, your cat alone in the house feels bored. Hiring an expert pet sitter can fill their empty time with playful activities. Thus after a few weeks, you can notice positive changes in your cat’s behavior.
5. Change of Environment
Why is my cat clingy? Perhaps there is some problem in the environment of your home. Sometimes the clinginess of your cat is because of the boring atmosphere of your house. Such cats do not find ways to pass their time in such a boredom environment hence becoming clingy. Here are a few of the changes that you can bring in their lives and your homes for your cats.
- Introducing them with puzzle toys
- Toys in the form of treat-dispenser
- Pieces of paper or empty paper bags
- Ping pong balls
You can even arrange a treasure hunt for them, by hiding some of their favorite food at appropriate places.
6. Introduce Them to a New Cat
Maybe your cat is clingy because she is the only pet in the house and wants a partner to play with. You may get another cat in such cases. Just remember that your cat has to be compatible with your new cat. Care should be taken of their breed and age before deciding this. Introducing incompatible cats can make their clinginess even more. Also, you have to observe how comfortable they are together.
How do I make my cat less clingy?
Cats often get clingy when they suffer from separation anxiety. These are the most common symptoms in cats. They are very protective and reactive in such cases. As they do not want to be left alone, they often show such behavior.
The main reasons for your cat to clingy are –
- Cases when they were orphaned or abandoned
- In case they were weaned too soon
- Removing their littermates in their early stage
Signs Your Cats May Show
Such cats when left alone show an odd behavior. They may urinate or defecate outside of their litter box, or just hide in a closet. They may scratch your furniture or any of your valuable items. When you return to the home they would always want to be in your lap.
What to do in Such Cases?
In such cases, it is advisable to visit your vet. Vet after completing the physical examination of your cat can reach a proper conclusion. He may also take some of the basic laboratory tests to ensure its fitness and ask you some of the important questions regarding your cat. Thus, he can reach a proper conclusion whether the reasons are physical or emotional. He may then guide you further regarding the same.
Can your cat be too attached to you?
Many of the researchers come up with a different explanation for this question. Some of them say it’s their normal tendency, while the others say too much attachment of your cat towards you can cause problems.
Reasons for Attachment of your Cat
Connection: You are the whole world to your cat. Your cats feel secure with you and want to enjoy every moment with you. The trust bond that is developed within you and your cat cannot be replaced by some other person.
Too early Weaning of Cats: Kittens that are separated too early from their mother also show such traits in their behavior. You are the only person after their mother with whom they can feel secure.
Problems in Breed: Many breeds of cats often reflect such behavior. If the parents of the cat show such behavior, the same are induced in them. Norwegian, Siberians, Russian blues, Bengals, Forest cats, Himalayans breeds of cats often follow their parent’s behavior.
Feline personalities are shaped by biology and environment. Cats with timid, nervous temperaments may become clingy due to specific phobias or the feline equivalent of generalized anxiety disorder. Cats are also likely to develop needy personalities if they have suffered abandonment, deprivation, or poor socialization as kittens.
Certain cat breeds (such as the Siamese) tend to be more affectionate, whereas others are usually more independent. Not all affectionate cats are clingy, but they may be more likely to develop this trait, particularly when under stress.
Symptoms of Over-Dependence in Cats
Clingy cats want to be with their owners constantly. They demand attention frequently and try to maintain physical contact (such as sitting on an owner’s lap) as much as possible. They follow their owners around, become distressed when left alone, and may lose their appetites or vomit when their owners leave the house. In extreme cases, they develop neurotic habits such as:
If a formerly independent cat has suddenly become needy, this usually signals a medical problem or anxiety about a specific event, such as:
- The arrival of a new baby or pet
- The death of a beloved animal or person
- Moving house
If a cat that wasn’t needy in the past suddenly begins exhibiting signs of clinginess, bring her in for a veterinary check-up to rule out illness. If the clinginess has been triggered by a recent change, provide extra attention to get her through the rough patch. With a little support, most cats eventually return to normal. However, if the neediness is a long-term problem rather than a temporary reaction, the following approaches can be used to reduce separation anxiety and increase confidence and independence.
How to Reduce Separation Anxiety in Cats
Clingy cats usually suffer from separation anxiety. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce separation anxiety in over-dependent cats:
- Don’t engage in elaborate good-bye routines when leaving the house; have keys ready by the door or in a bag so you can exit quickly.
- Give a favourite toy or treat to the cat just before you leave so that she’ll associate your leaving with something positive.
- When returning home, ignore the cat for 10-15 minutes, especially if she demands attention. Wait until she’s calm and then provide affection.
- If the cat engages in undesirable behaviour such as house soiling or scratching furniture while you’re out, don’t yell or punish her, as this will make stress-induced behaviours worse.
- Provide a hideaway (this can be anything from a fancy carpeted kitty condo to a cardboard box with a doorway cut into it). Add a piece of your clothing (unwashed so that it has your scent on it) for comfort. This gives the cat a safe place to retreat when she’s alone and anxious. A comfort object should also be provided if she needs to stay overnight at the vet’s or board somewhere else temporarily.
- A few fake departures can be helpful for teaching the cat not to panic whenever she sees you getting ready to leave. Put on your coat and go out for a minute or two, then come back, varying the length of these excursions until the cat learns that not every leave-taking means you’ll be gone for hours or days.
How to Reduce Clinginess in Over-Dependent Cats
To help needy cats become more confident and independent:
- Engage in interactive play rather than cuddling.
- Ignore demanding behaviour. Have one or more set times to dispense affection (such as in the evening with a good book or favourite television show), and stick to those routines.
- If the cat begins to knead or suck on your clothing or earlobes (common self-comforting behaviours in needy cats), gently remove her from your lap, get up, and leave the room.
- If she’s fixated on one person, have others share in petting, feeding, playing, and grooming to expand the circle of people with whom she feels comfortable.
- Try a calming feline pheromone product such as Feliway (not all cats respond to it, but many do).
- If the cat is friendly toward other cats, consider adopting a second cat for company, preferably a kitten to reduce the likelihood of dominance struggles, and make sure to handle the introductions properly.
- Sometimes neediness results from boredom. To prevent boredom, provide an enriched environment with plenty of distractions, such as solo toys, healthy treats hidden around the house (assuming the cat is not overweight), cat trees, cat-safe plants, and an entertaining view (such as a bird feeder outside a window).
- Owners who are afraid to let their cats out due to traffic, predators, pet thieves, and other hazards should consider putting up a cat fence or enclosure if they have outdoor space so that they can let their cats out safely. Leash training and taking the cat out for safe excursions is also an option.
- If the cat’s anxiety is causing him to urinate, spray, or defecate in inappropriate places, see Why Cats Soil Outside the Litter Box for deterrents and reconditioning strategies (house soiling may also be caused by a medical problem or a dirty litter box, so if a cat begins soiling around the house, first clean the box and take her for a veterinary check-up before assuming the problem is behavioural).
In extreme cases, if all else fails, a veterinarian may prescribe anti-anxiety medication or recommend a natural anxiety remedy.
For more cat articles, see the main Cats page.
Last Updated on March 15, 2021 by Julia Wilson
Nasal congestion is a manifestation of nasal inflammation (medically termed rhinitis) which leads to excess mucus. The type of discharge will vary depending on the underlying cause but may be watery, mucoid (thick), purulent or bloody. Discharge can lead to congestion in which the nose becomes partially or fully blocked. This affects the catвЂ™s ability to smell, which can impact the catвЂ™s appetite.
The most common cause of nasal congestion is cat flu (usually caused by feline herpesvirus or calicivirus), which is similar to a human cold. Other causes include allergies, foreign body, fungal infections, nasal polyps, neoplasia, gum disease, tooth root abscess and cleft palate.
Nasal congestion can affect one or both nasal passage and can be chronic (long-standing) or acute. The type of discharge, along with presenting symptoms may give the veterinarian a clue as to the underlying cause.
How to treat a congested cat
The goal of treatment is to address the underlying cause as well as relieve congestion. Unfortunately, most of the medications we take to resolve nasal congestion are toxic to cats.
Place the cat in a small room with doors and windows closed, use a cool-mist humidifier twice a day. Humidity helps to break up mucus and soothe inflamed nasal passageways loosen up congestion within the nasal passages.
If you donвЂ™t have a humidifier, place the cat in a warm bathroom with the shower running for 10-15 minutes. The water should be hot enough to fill the bathroom with steam, which moistens the mucus and helps it drain from the nasal cavity.
Do this two to three times a day.
Saline nose drops
Saline nose drops can be purchased over the counter at any chemist (pharmacy), always check the label to make sure it only contains saline and no other medications which can be toxic to cats.
These drops are designed for human nostrils which are considerably larger than a catвЂ™s nostrils. Take care when instilling saline nose drops to not introduce too much saline into the nostril. You can add a drop or two to the end of a cotton bud and squeeze the liquid into the nostril.
Saline usually causes the cat to sneeze which can help to clear the nasal passages.
Remove eye and nasal discharge
Discharge from the eyes and nose can dry and form crusts. Dip a facecloth or cotton balls in warm water and apply to the crusty area to soften, and wipe away. Do not add anything to the facecloth, just water. Be careful when wiping the catвЂ™s eyes and nasal area as it can be sore.
Encourage the cat to eat
Just as we often lose our appetite when we have a cold, cats can too when they canвЂ™t smell anything due to congestion. A cat must eat so that he or she has enough energy to get better.
Offer high-value food such as chicken breast, tinned tuna or baby food (make sure it doesnвЂ™t contain garlic or onion), and warm in the microwave to make the food smell more pungent. Stir well to ensure there are no hot spots. Soft food has the added benefit that it is more gentle on the throat which may be sore if the cat has an upper respiratory tract infection.
Cats can dehydrate quickly when they are sick, particularly if they are not eating enough. Encourage the cat to drink water by keeping a clean, fresh supply close. Switching to a canned diet or poached chicken breast with a small amount of water from the pan can increase fluid intake.
Set up a quiet and comfortable area
Keep the cat as warm and comfortable as possible. Set up a comfortable bed with food and water bowls and a litter tray. Cats who have cat flu should be kept in a separate room from other cats in the household to reduce the risk of transmission.
Seek veterinary attention if home-treatment does not work, if symptoms donвЂ™t resolve within a day or two, or if the cat is displaying additional symptoms such as refusal to eat, dehydration, fever, lethargy and weakness.
- Antibiotics to treat secondary infection
- Pediatric topical decongestants
- Antihistamines (Diphenhydramine)
- Appetite stimulants
- Fluid therapy
- Oxygen therapy
Never administer over the counter or prescriptions to a cat (including human cold medication or painkillers) unless your veterinarian has instructed you to do so. Most human medications are extremely toxic to cats due to their altered metabolism.
Some cats with chronic rhinitis will experience flare-ups in the future. By treating nasal charge and maintaining nutrition, symptoms should quickly improve.
Keeping the cat in a stress-free home, feeding a quality and balanced diet and following a vaccine protocol outlined by your catвЂ™s veterinarian can help to reduce flare-ups in the future.
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What is Clingy?
Studies have shown that dogs are typically clingier than cats; however, recent research has shown that clingy cats, or cats that suffer from separation anxiety, is a genuine concern. Cats that are overly clingy with their owners are ones that want to be petted very often, groom themselves excessively, want to be held seemingly all the time, cry out when they do not receive attention, have the desire to “groom” their owners by licking them, and do not like to be left alone. A cat that is overly clingy and suffers from separation anxiety can cause the owner to be at a loss on how to fulfill their cat’s needs. Suffering from separation anxiety can happen due to the following reasons:
- They were orphaned or abandoned
- They were weaned too early
- They were removed from their littermates too early
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Why Clingy Occurs in Cats
Cats that are clingy and have separation anxiety have behavioral signss that are protective and reactive. They do not want to be left alone, and may cry often when they are. When their owners are present, they want to always be in their arms or lap in order to “protect” themselves from being alone. When left alone, they might react with odd behaviors, such as urinating or defecating outside the litter box or hiding in a closet. They may excessively chew or scratch furniture or other household possessions, or may overgroom themselves. Reasons why these behaviors may occur include:
Orphaned or Abandoned
Cats that have lost their mother right after birth do not have the opportunity to bond, making their very early days difficult to adjust. These cats often have clinginess or separation anxiety with their owners due to lack of early nurturing.
Weaned Too Early
Cats that were weaned to early from their mother’s milk may also develop anxiety, which can lead to clingy behavior and separation issues.
Removed From Littermates Too Early
Cats that were abruptly removed from their littermates (without any transition, or gradual weaning) before the age of 8 weeks may be susceptible to emotional issues as they grow up. Cats and their littermates have a very strong bond, and when they are removed too early, they may suffer from separation anxiety and clinginess.
What to do if your Cat is Clingy
If your cat is showing signs of clinginess and separation anxiety, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Having a complete physical examination will rule out any other health conditions that may be causing some of his symptoms. Once these health conditions are ruled out, your veterinarian will base the diagnosis of separation anxiety on other factors.
Your veterinarian may want to take basic laboratory tests in order to check for health problems. Blood work, urinalysis, and biochemistry profile will check your cat’s organ functions and overall health. The vet will also do a complete physical examination on your cat, and if he notices any signs of illness, he may need to run more tests to get to the root of the problem. You may find that your companion has external parasites, which is why he may be grooming more than normal, or he may have a urinary tract infection or some other illness which may be causing him to urinate outside the litter box, if he is doing so.
Your medical professional will also ask questions pertaining to his behavior. He may want to know how old your kitten was when you adopted him, how long he was being nurtured by his mother, and how long he spent with his littermates. These factors are very important in a cat’s emotional development. The veterinary doctor may also want to know if your cat has had more than one owner, because cats that have been shuffled from owner to owner may have a sense that they will lose you as their owner.
Once your veterinarian gathers more information, he will come to a conclusion about why your cat may have separation anxiety. There are ways to treat this condition. A behavioral therapist may help, or he may give you advice on what you can do to help your cat. For severe cases of clinginess and separation anxiety, there are medications that can be prescribed to help your cat.
Prevention of Clingy
In terms of prevention, it is very important that kittens stay with their mother and littermates for as long as possible (at least 8 weeks) before being adopted. The bond kittens have with their mother and each other is very strong, and gradual weaning should be done, starting around six weeks. Weaning should be a very slow process.
There are ways to prevent odd behaviors exhibited by your cat in your absence. You can enrich his environment by including elevated areas, places he can hide, more toys and puzzles to occupy him, and scratching posts located throughout your home. When your cat is by himself, he may feel secure in a more comfortable environment. You may want to consider purchasing a cat tree, which is complete with carpeted areas, scratching posts, and a hideaway area. This may help him feel more at ease.
Discovering ways to praise him when he is acting the way you wish for him to act will help. When he is sitting away from you, you may want to give him a few treats and praise him. Simply rewarding him for appropriate behavior may help him realize what you desire as his owner, or “parent”.
If your cat has a severe case of separation anxiety, you may consider looking into a behavioral therapist. A therapist can come into your home, observe your cat’s behavior, and give you suggestions on ways to eliminate the unwanted actions that your cat is doing. Over time, this will help enhance the relationship between you and your companion.
Cost of Clingy
If your cat has separation anxiety, there are ways to treat it. Treatment options for separation anxiety begin at approximately $500 for a cat therapist. This will depend on the amount of time your therapist will need to spend with him, as well as any prescribed medications.
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A lot of cats like their independence. Unlike dogs, these aloof furballs are praised for being low maintenance and taking care of themselves. Aside from mealtime, cats bathe, use the litter box and do pretty much everything else without the help of humans. It’s hard to imagine such proud felines acting clingy, which is why a suddenly clingy kitty can raise some suspicion.
If your cat has suddenly begun acting clingier than usual, you might be tempted to dismiss the behavior as bizarre and not give it a second thought. However, drastic changes in behavior one way or the other are not only strange—they’re usually cause for concern.
While a trip to the vet is necessary to make sure your furry friend is okay, here are some common reasons why your independent cat is suddenly following at your heels.
Chronic health problems
Cats are independent by nature, and this behavior usually extends to their health and wellbeing. Our feline friends will go to extreme lengths to hide their pain and handle the problem on their own. That’s why pet parents need to pay such close attention to detect an infected wound or a sore paw.
But, while many cats hide away when they feel sick or are injured, others might do the opposite. Becoming clingy might be their way of asking for help because they’re dealing with a serious health concern.
If your cat won’t stop following you around and is experiencing additional issues like weight loss, inappetence or anxiety, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. It’s possible that your furry friend isn’t sure how to solve their problem, so they’re seeking comfort from you, their beloved owner. If anything, clinginess is a sign they trust you in times of need!
You won’t know for sure what’s wrong until a vet provides a diagnosis. However, clinginess is a common symptom in cats right before a seizure. Many diseases can trigger seizures in cats, so speak with your vet to get to the bottom of the issue.
Cognitive dysfunction or disability
As senior cats age, they’re more likely to become clingy. This could be a sign of cognitive dysfunction. Older cats may experience a range of symptoms, including loss of sight, hearing, balance and coordination. Essentially, cats with cognitive dysfunction are not as sharp as they used to be and get clingy because they rely on their owners’ senses for guidance.
Younger cats can be clingy for a similar reason. While cognitive dysfunction is most common in older cats, feline companions of all ages can suffer from hearing and vision impairments that make them feel unsteady in your home. Consider scheduling a consultation with the vet if your cat is clingy, walks hesitantly around the house or bumps into furniture.
New family members
Cats are creatures of habit, and they need a routine in order to feel safe. A regular feeding time, litter box cleaning and daily schedule help them feel at ease. But they also grow accustomed to your house and the people living in it.
New members of the household like a baby, grandparent or another furry friend can throw your kitty’s routine out of whack. If your household recently changed and your cat became clingy overnight, they might be suspicious of the strange new people in your home!
It can take time for your cat to adjust to these changes. Help them with the transition by limiting other changes to their routine. Keep up a consistent feeding regimen and give them lots of attention to let them know there’s no reason to be afraid.
New family members are stressful enough for cats, but lots of other things could stress your cat out, too. Clinginess could be a sign that your cat trusts you but not others. Pay close attention to your cat’s behavior when certain people or pets walk into the room. If they scurry in the presence of a regular visitor, you know there’s a problem.
Any number of other factors could contribute to a stressful environment. For example, cats don’t like thunder or fireworks any more than dogs do. The sheer number of guests that come over for the holidays might increase your cat’s anxiety and force them to stay by your side for protection. Try to see things from your cat’s perspective and determine what’s causing them trouble.
Sudden clinginess from independent cats might be a welcomed change of pace for you as the owner. However, keep your furry friend’s feelings in mind and realize that an underlying issue is likely to blame for the change. Whether it be emotional or physical, investigate the problems your cat is facing so they can return to their normal, happy and independent self.
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Luxating patella is an orthopedic condition that affects the stability and functionality of the knee joint. This common knee injury is seen in cats, dogs, and humans.
What Is Luxating Patella in Cats?
Luxating patella occurs when the kneecap is out of place. The term patella refers to the kneecap. The term luxation means dislocated or out of place.
The knee is a complex joint with muscles, tendons, and ligaments that connect the lower femur (thigh bone) to the upper tibia (shin bone). The patella, or kneecap, is a small bone beneath the patellar ligament that sits in a groove in the femur called the trochlear groove. When the knee is bent and flexed, the patella rides up and down in the trochlear groove.
If the kneecap is not functioning properly, it may pop in and out of the groove. When the kneecap is out of place, it is uncomfortable to bend and flex the knee joint. This makes walking, running, and jumping painful and difficult for the cat.
Patellar luxation is diagnosed by a veterinarian after palpating the knee joint and ruling out other causes for the abnormality. The vet may discover a luxating patella in one or both knees. The luxation is often medial, meaning it dislocates towards the inside of the knee. Or, the luxation may be lateral, meaning it dislocates to the outside of the knee.
The diagnosis of a luxating patella will fall into one of four categories based upon the severity of the dislocation.
- Grade I: The kneecap can be dislocated from the groove when the vet puts pressure on it, but it goes back in place when the pressure is released.
- Grade II: The kneecap intermittently pops in and out on its own. It will remain out of place until the leg is straightened and turned in a way that allows the kneecap to return to the groove.
- Grade III: The kneecap is out of the groove most of the time, but the vet can manually move it back into place.
- Grade IV: The kneecap is permanently out of place and cannot be repositioned by the vet.
If both knees are affected, each side may have a different degree of severity.
Causes of Luxating Patella in Cats
Patellar luxation can occur when the trochlear groove is too shallow to contain the kneecap. It may also be the result of ligament, tendon, or muscle injuries. In some cases, it is caused by an anatomical deformity like bow leggedness.
The exact cause of the conditions that lead to patellar luxation is unknown. Some cats may be genetically predisposed to the issue, so cats diagnosed with luxating patella should never be bred. Breeds such and the Abyssinian, Burmese, and Devon Rex may be more likely to develop a luxating patella.
Signs of Luxating Patella in Cats
- Intermittent lameness / limping in one or both rear limbs
- Licking / chewing around one or both knees
- Clicking or popping sound on manipulation of affected knee(s)
Cats with patellar luxation may experience symptoms on and off. If the kneecap is in its proper location, the cat will be able to walk, run, and jump normally. When the kneecap is out of place, the cat will suddenly experience pain and limited mobility in the affected knee.
It’s possible for a cat to have a low-grade luxating patella and no symptoms. Your vet may discover this during a routine wellness exam and advise you to keep an eye on it.
It’s important to visit your vet if your cat is limping. The vet will begin by reviewing your cat’s medical history and performing an examination. Radiographs (X-rays) may be necessary to rule out other issues and confirm a diagnosis.
Luxating patella in cats is often treated conservatively at first. Your vet may recommend rest and exercise restriction, which means you’ll need to limit your cat’s access to running and jumping. Anti-inflammatory/pain medications may also be prescribed for a short time.
If the patellar luxation is mild (especially Grade I), your cat will rarely experience discomfort. In mild to moderate cases (Grade II), you may see signs on and off when the kneecap occasionally goes out of the groove. In mild cases, the cat should be able to live a relatively normal life. Rest and medications may be needed from time to time if the knee issues recur.
If conservative therapy is not effective and your cat is experiencing frequent pain and immobility, then surgical treatment may be necessary. This is often the case with Grade III and IV patellar luxation.
Surgery for patellar luxation involves correcting the conditions that make the patella dislocate. There are several surgical techniques for the repair of patellar luxation. Surgery generally involves the deepening of the trochlear groove, reconstruction of the soft tissues around the patella, and sometimes reshaping of abnormal bones.
Recovery from surgery requires rest and pain management at first. Most cats recover quickly but may benefit from some type of gentle physical therapy.
Though it is possible to reinjure the knee joint, most cats will not experience future problems.
How to Prevent Luxating Patella in Cats
You cannot completely avoid patellar luxation in your cat, but you can reduce the risk. You may be able to prevent luxating patella in cats by preventing injury in general. If your cat likes to jump up to high places, create lower steps to minimize stress on the knees.
If your cat exhibits pain/discomfort or other signs of illness, be sure to contact your vet as soon as you can. The sooner a diagnosis is made, the faster treatment can begin.
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Conjunctivitis is a common eye problem in cats. There are two different kinds of conjunctivitis and several causes of this ocular issue. Cat owners should be familiar with the signs of conjunctivitis in order to keep their cat comfortable and also prevent it from spreading.
What Is Conjunctivitis in Cats?
Commonly referred to as pink eye, conjunctivitis is a problem that affects the eyes of cats. Conjunctivitis causes inflammation of the pink tissues surrounding the eye called the conjunctiva and can affect just one or both eyes at the same time.
Two types of conjunctivitis exist in cats – infectious and non-infectious. Both varieties of conjunctivitis have the same symptoms but are different based on how they are caused.
Signs of Conjunctivitis in Cats
- Increased redness and swelling around the eye
- Squinting or keeping its eye shut
- Excessive blinking
- White or yellow eye discharge
- Rubbing or pawing at its eye
- Excessive eye watering
One obvious sign of conjunctivitis in a cat is when there is an increase in how red or pink the fleshy part around the eye is. When a cat has conjunctivitis, this part of the eye becomes inflamed and with inflammation comes swelling. This causes pain and discomfort so the eye will be held shut or a cat will squint or blink excessively because of it. Sometimes the eye will also water or even develop discharge from the conjunctivitis leaving the eye area wet or looking dirty. Finally, because a cat with conjunctivitis is uncomfortable, it will often rub its eye on furniture or the carpet or paw at it.
Causes of Conjunctivitis in Cats
The causes of conjunctivitis determine whether or not it is classified as the infectious or non-infectious type of conjunctivitis.
- Viruses: If conjunctivitis is caused by a virus it is considered to be the infectious type. The most commonly seen type of virus that can cause conjunctivitis is the feline herpesvirus type-1, also known as feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR). This virus also causes a variety of respiratory symptoms, including sneezing, and can spread from cat to cat.
- Bacteria: Another type of infectious conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria. Staphylococci, Streptococci, and Chlamydophila bacteria can infect the eyes of cats and cause conjunctivitis along with other issues. These types of infections are also contagious from cat to cat.
- Environmental irritants: Dust, mold, smoke, poor air quality, air fresheners, and other things in a home that could cause eye irritation can cause conjunctivitis. Even pet shampoo and dirt that gets in a cat’s eyes can cause conjunctivitis because of how irritating it can be. These things can all cause the non-infectious type of conjunctivitis.
Diagnosing Conjunctivitis in Cats
A veterinarian will perform a full physical examination in order to determine whether or not a cat has conjunctivitis. Often times conjunctivitis will also occur with other problems including respiratory diseases and other eye issues. An ophthalmoscope may be used to get a better look at a cat’s eye and various tests may also need to be run to ensure there aren’t other eye problems associated with the conjunctivitis. Special eye stains and tearing tests are commonly used.
Treatment of Conjunctivitis in Cats
The conjunctivitis itself will be treated with special eye drops but the underlying reason for the conjunctivitis may have additional treatments. Immune boosting supplements, steroids, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and other medications may all be recommended depending on the reason for the conjunctivitis. A warm, wet cloth may also help relieve some discomfort and help to clean the affected eye.
How to Prevent Conjunctivitis in Cats
Keeping a clean environment will help prevent the non-infectious type of conjunctivitis but it may be harder to prevent the infectious type. Infected cats should be kept away from other felines in order to decrease the spread of infectious conjunctivitis and immune supplements may help to boost the immune system of exposed cats. People should also wash their hands thoroughly after handling infected cats.
Is Conjunctivitis Contagious to People?
Neither the infectious or non-infectious type of conjunctivitis is contagious to people but people can spread infectious conjunctivitis to other cats just by touching them. If a person has pet a cat that has herpesvirus type-1 or obvious conjunctivitis they should always wash their hands before handling any other cat, even if they aren’t sure if the cat they touched had an infectious type of conjunctivitis. It is better to be safe than sorry and limit a cat’s exposure to viruses and bacteria whenever possible.
Are you moving with cats out into a new house soon? You might want to take your cat into consideration. Cats are highly territorial bundles of joy, who can get stressed when experiencing changes to their lives.
With that said, it is normal for cats to show strange behaviors after moving with cats. You need not worry, though; by studying the potential changes in personality among cats that move houses, you can make the proper precautionary measures, and make your cat as comfortable as possible during the move. Here are some common behaviors after moving with cats to a new residence.
Behavior Changes After Moving With Cats
Some cats, when experiencing high amounts of stress, may end up demanding your attention more and more. As mentioned above, cats are highly prone to stress, especially when they go through significant upheavals in their routine. After moving with cats, your cat may show some unusual attention-calling behaviors, such as meowing more than they usually do.
Give your cat enough attention and affection so that you can reassure your pet. Otherwise, your cat may become more and more stressed, and show some behaviors that can be harmful to your furniture, or even to you. Keep your cat feeling reassured, by playing with him or her enough times during the day, and giving affection. You can also give him or her some treats now and then.
Unfortunately, some cats handle stress very poorly. They can become very aggressive, especially when they do not have enough personal space. For instance, if the removalist guys or other people you may have helped with the move go within the vicinity of the cat, the plethora of unfamiliar scents and vigorous activity may make them feel threatened.
To prevent your cat from showing excessively defensive or aggressive behavior during the move, leave him or her in a separate room, while you work on the rest of the house. Make sure to keep the movers out of the room, and keep the door closed so your cat has enough private space.
Need to escape
Cats need to be familiar with their surroundings before they can become comfortable in them. In some extreme cases, cats may choose to leave places that are completely new to them, opting instead for the expedient familiarity of their old house. They may even be willing to inhabit the old house, with new people coming in.
Worst of all, they might even get lost while trying to find their old home. To help your cat cope with this drastic change of scenery, try to get yours and your cat’s scents all over the house. You can also give them a piece of cloth or a toy that has the cat’s smell all over it, to curb any personality changes after the move.
Watch out for Behavioral Changes in your Cat after Moving
Cats are complex creatures. They are creatures of habit, who will always find ways to revert to the status quo. To cope with the stress of moving out, they may show some strange cat behaviors. With enough care, you can help them become comfortable in their new home.
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