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Old 12-11-2013, 02:17 PM
Location: FL
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Our guy Scooter who adopted us has been an indoor only cat for most of his 7 years. He was out only as a kitten then after he moved in with us (his choice) during the brief time we had no electricity or screens after the hurricanes in '04. He would sometimes run out when the door opened but no it's a constant battle to outwit him and just now he ran out twice.

He seems to want to lie in the grass or under a bush. I think he's also developed an aversion to the litter box, someone's been defecting in odd places. He lived with my brother for several years and he said Scooter would do that if the box was dirty. I don't get it, there wasn't a change in cleaning them or litter. He doesn't seem ill, although I'm going to take him to the vet obviously since cats can cook things for a long time before it's obvious that somethings amiss.

I'm curious however if anyone else has had a kitty that suddenly wanted freedom?? We've discussed taking him out with supervision. My brother is going to try a leash, I have doubts but maybe it'll work. I just want him to be happy and it appears he isn't. =(
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:58 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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It is good, of course, to get him checked. Our Tucker was greatly afraid of the outdoors as a young cat, but as he got older, the outdoors seemed more and more interesting to him. If he would slip out the door, he might walk a few feet and smell the grass.

Then, at age 15, he slipped out of the house--I never saw him run out--and was missing for 11 days! (You might have seen the finding a lost cat post I did a couple of weeks ago.) He had roamed quite a distance from home and I found him in another neighborhood, having crossed a busy street. Some people told us that he might have escaped to go and die, but he's had a thorough vet check, bloodwork, etc and is just fine.

We are puzzled by his behavior and hope it's now out of his system. We couldn't go through that again!
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:33 PM
Location: southern kansas
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A sudden, or even a gradual change in habits or routine can be a red flag. Most of the times my guys have had problems the only way I knew something was off was that they were doing things that were very different from their 'normal'. The difficult part is deciding if their different behavior is due to a medical problem, or if it is typical cat changing up its routine as they do sometimes.
A case in point; my 12 year old ladycat Misty spends the majority of her time on my bed, and has done so since she was a kitten. She sleeps there every night & spends a good portion of the day there as well. Around the middle of Sept. she stopped doing that and actually refused to stay on the bed if I put her there. She usually would come to me for lap time in the evenings or hang out with me when on the computer and she stopped doing that as well. I watched her for a week or so but couldn't see anything obvious wrong with her. She was still eating, drinking, and using the litter box normally. But she eventually isolated herself to the back part of the house and stayed there. I took her to the vet around the 1st of Oct. and had a complete blood panel run. All her numbers were good and she checked out fine. Doc gave her a B-12 shot and sent her home. Nothing really changed and then she developed a leaky and slightly cloudy right eye, so back to the vet she went. My vet took a closer look in her mouth and found a small tumor in the very back beside her tongue (there actually two tumors in there he discovered later). Eye ointment for a week and then laser surgery for the tumors followed, and within a couple of days she was completely back to normal, resuming all her old habits & routines.

From what you said, especially the litter box aversion, it sounds like there may be something going on with him. I would get him checked out soon, just to be safe. During those last few days before her surgery, I caught Misty actually laying/sleeping in one of the litter boxes... something Her Royal Highness wouldn't be caught dead doing under normal circumstances. That's when I really knew how much stress/discomfort she was having from her mouth problem.
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:25 PM
Location: FL
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Yes, I'm thinking there's something wrong with him, and will take him to the vet. Can't imagine he'd suddenly change 'just because.' Cats don't have mid life crisis like people, they do sometimes change as they age but I don't think that's what this is about. It began before the puppy's arrival but of course I can't pinpoint it. I might say it started when Bruno (our lab) began to get really ill but I'm unsure.

My other cat, Orion has also changed since he lost weight and had his teeth extracted, he's playing. <hugh sigh> I wish they could talk, or I could understand them. This is so distressing because I don't know what's bothering them and how to best help them.

Right now my GSD mix is playing with a toy with the puppy, something I never dared hope to see. They just amaze me.
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