Still the first reaction of loving caregivers is to assume the “accidents” are behavioral – the pet is p!ss@d off. Yes, there are behavioral cases, but in my experience these are a result of exasperation – a last alternative at expressing frustration. I believe animals cannot show spite, as much as we try to anthropomorphize them. But it’s cases like the one I came up against yesterday that p!ss me off.
“My cat has been going outside his box for a week or so and I have been trying to get here to ask your help for a remedy to make him stop. But I decided to come today, because he’s now limp and lethargic.” Fortunately our counters are deep and I was able to put the register between me and client to prevent me from strangling him. Not that I was worried about the client—I was worried about who would get the cat to the emergency clinic. Seriously, a 16 year old cat, urinating outside the box for a week or so . . . I’m guessing much longer . . . and now limp and lethargic?
What’s it take for this client to understand the cat is sick, in pain and needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Advanced kidney disease? FLUTD? Bladder infection? A litany of possible life-threatening diseases and this client is standing at my counter hoping for a magic remedy. If this client had been wetting himself and becoming lethargic, do you think he would hesitate in seeking medical attention?
Change of habits, changes in behavior- such as fear or aggression, new sensitivities to touch, inappetence, digestive distress, changes in bowel movements, and yes, when and where your cat or dog pee are possibly early warning signs of health problems. Learn more about your pet’s communicating ways. You just might save their life.
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