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My kitty has become incontinent, has episodes, please help.
An_249164 posted:
My cat Sofia is about 3 years old, she has always had some incidents, but lately it's gotten bad. She seems to have episodes where she will start acting very skittish, running around and hissing, sometimes taking a swipe at your hand, while normally she's very sweet and mellow. When this happens she doesn't respond to noise, she doesn't seem to hear you if you call her name or snap a finger. She then will lose control of her bowels usually dropping once, which seems to scare her, then she runs to a corner sometimes yowling as she continues to go, she can leave 2 or three piles at one time. While this is bad, tonight after returning from vacation where we had friends checking on our cats, she did this again and then topped it off by hiding and peeing on a kitchen chair.

My girlfriend and I live in a 1bedroom apartment. We have 2 cats, a brother and sister who my girlfriend rescued and has had since they were both kittens. They've always shared a litter box although their last apartment was bigger, Sofia had some incidents then, where she would defecate out of the litter box, but I guess it didn't seem to be prompted by anything. They were doing fine in their new home for a couple of months, no accidents at all, but then it just started.

We change the litter pretty regularly and have tried different litter, we've tried uncovering the box, cleaning the box, moving their food away from the box, removing any scented air-fresheners away from their litter area, and nothing's worked. We're going to take her to the vet, but I'm wondering if anyones experienced anything similar, if you have any suggestions or know what the problem might be, and if it is a medical condition how much treatment might run.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
There are several possibilities for your cat's symptoms. She may be having seizures, especially if the symptoms start and stop suddenly. It's also possible she gets constipated and finds it uncomfortable to defecate. There's also a disease called "hyperesthesia" that has some of the symptoms you describe. Only your veterinarian can tell what's causing her issue, so you're right to make an appointment. Obviously, the cost of treatment will depend on what is found.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Medicine


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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