How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Dan M. Your Own Question

Dr. Dan M.
Dr. Dan M., Veterinarian
Category: Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 1458
Experience:  Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
23462335
Type Your Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Dan M. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Our cat (approx 8 yrs old) has suddenly developed behaviour

Resolved Question:

Our cat (approx 8 yrs old) has suddenly developed behaviour problems. He always slept indoors overnight and looked forward to coming in and sleeping on one of the beds. Recentle he wants to remain outside in next doors greenhouse, not budging for hours - he wont even use neighbours gardens for his toilet procedures, but will do everything in his dirtbox before going out. There is a cat - a fluffy kitten type trhat has been hanging around and has ventured into the house on occasions, would that cause our pet to behave so differently. He also appears to be off his food to some extent - although will eat when very hungry. We are quite concerned - can you help please?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Dan M. replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I hope I can help with your question and do message me if you have any queries regarding my answer/advice.

I am sorry Sammy is behaving differently.

Firstly, you should make sure he is eating, drinking and defecating normally and is not suffering from diarrhoea or sickness and that albeit behaving differently is alert, bright and attentive. If this is all normal then it is likely to be a behavioural problem.

It is highly likely that the intrusion of this new cat on to Sammy's territory has caused significant upset. Cats are extremely territorial and anything that affects those territory boundaries will cause grave concern to the established cat. It is quite usual for the appearance of a new cat to cause altered behaviour in cats but for a strange cat to enter the house, significant upset is likely so it is not surprising Sammy is spending more time away from the house.

The increased use of his litter box may well be an attempt to re establish his territory by marking scent in the house.

Ways to improve the situation..... Firstly deter this new cat from the house as if repeated episodes of it entering the house continue then Sammy will feel further pushed away. Secondly make the house a relaxed place for Sammy and this can be done using appeasing pheromones such as Feliway (www.feliway.com) these can work wonders and are plugged in like an air freshener. If this doesn't improve things then pop to your vet and get some zylxene (www.zylxene.co.uk) this is a natural product aimed at in reading serotonin levels in animals and alleviating anxiety and stress, I have had some great results with this.

I hope this helps and things improve. If you notice any physical changes in Sammy or increasing amounts of lethargy then definitely get a vet check.

Regards

Dan Makin
Dr. Dan M., Veterinarian
Category: Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 1458
Experience: Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Dan M. and 5 other Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
< Last | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    2630
    UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    2630
    UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1656
    12 years of small animal veterinary medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1451
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PC/pcbobber/photo.64x64.JPG Dr. Bob's Avatar

    Dr. Bob

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1306
    35 years in practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    865
    12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1889
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • /img/icons/shirt.jpg Dr. Jenn's Avatar

    Dr. Jenn

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1225
    Practicing small animal medicine since 2004 , also involved in working with animal rescue groups.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Veterinarian
Dr. Dan M.
Dr. Dan M.
Veterinary Surgeon
166 Satisfied Customers
Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon