First, I would have sworn he weighs 20 pounds but he only weighed 13 pounds. I have been cutting back on his food but the vet said he does need to lose a little weight. Don’t we all?
Second, the vet called him “The Hellcat!” She couldn’t find anything wrong with him. They did bloodwork that she didn’t think it would show anything and it didn’t. She even called another vet to come in and look at him. He was pacing the room, swishing his tail, his pupils were huge and black. She said “He is one agitated cat!” She asked me a million questions:
- Have you changed anything that might matter to him? No!
- Have you used any new candles? No!
- Have you done any kind of scented plugins? No!
- Have you used any kind of powder you sprinkle on the carpet? No!
- Is there a new pet in the house? No!
- Could he have gotten into anything toxic? No!
- Do you have any house plants he could have nibbled? No!
- Have you changed his food? No!
- Have you used any new flea meds? No!
They combed his fur to see if there was any “flea dirt” because they said some cats go nuts with fleas, but there was nothing.
Both vets kept thinking and asking questions. I have walked through the house trying to see if there’s anything different but I know there isn’t because I just picked up groceries a few days ago and there was nothing in there other than groceries and I hadn’t brought anything into the house for a couple of weeks before that. I don’t have any kind of scented anything in here.
They kept saying . . he’s so agitated! He didn’t react at all when they examined him – poked, prodded, checked his teeth, cut his nails . . he was kind as could be.
They gave me a pheromone diffuser and told me to put it in the sewing room and leave him down there for several days so that he’s getting a good dose of that and see if that changes anything.
Considering what a sweet cat he is almost always, this is so weird.
They did ask me if there were any outside animals that he can see – possums, stray cats, etc.? I did feel like I smelled cat urine in the sewing room yesterday but I couldn’t find any place he might have done it and he’s never done anything like that before. When I was outside with Rita earlier, I could smell it really strong outside so I’m betting there’s a stray cat that’s aggravating him and has sprayed to mark the territory.
Once the rain or snow is over tomorrow, I may go out there and spray ammonia around that part of the house or put out some moth balls and see if that helps.