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Experience:  15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.
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can a cat go insane

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can a cat go insane?
Hello there,

What age cat?

What behavior are you seeing?

How long has it been going on?

Is the cat vaccinated, neutered and wormed?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
he is about 2.He was a stray who became a friendly cat but was chased out by our neutered tom. He is a neutered tom who is vaccinated and wormed. For the last 2 months he has been living wild and appears terrified of his own shadow.He jumps and runs away at the slightest noise he does not want to be stroked whereas before he asked for affection. he also is not interested in food.He has become feral.
Cats don't go insane in the manner people do but they can suffer changes in mentation. Viral infection, bacterial infection, head trauma, brain lesions, brain parasites, liver problems and toxin ingestion can all affect an animal's personality. Cats are also creatures of habit and very territorial. If another cat has moved into the area, the change could have provoked the behavior change as well, especially if he has been attacked.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

what should I do? He won't accept a home,a neighbour has offered one, and come the winter, he will be living rough and not eating.

Would it be better for him to be put to sleep?

If he is not improving and not eating, euthanasia would be an acceptable option. Cats that don't eat do not last long. Their livers start to fail from the breakdown of body fat due to anorexia. Once a cat turns feral they rarely change back and do not make good pets.
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