Some Honest Thoughts About Cat Shows

Some Honest Thoughts About Cat Shows

It's incredible what a difference four years makes. Four years ago, I went to my first (and up until today, only) cat show. This was before I'd really gotten involved with shelters or the cat behavior business, so my perspective was a little bit different. My husband and I went because, aside from our love of cats, we just had to check out all the cat people gathered in one place, fawning all over beautiful and exotic kitties. And I will tell you, the cat show did not disappoint. We actually had a really fun time watching the cats be evaluated and judged, talking with several of the breeders about their cats, and (our favorite) watching cats attempt the agility course. But this weekend's cat show was an entirely different animal than the one I experienced back in 2012.

Are Concerns About Your Cat Medical or Behavioral?

Are Concerns About Your Cat Medical or Behavioral?

Do you know what's causing your cats to act a certain way? Are concerns about your cat medical or behavioral? I recently had a client named Taylor, who at age 16, was (ahem) pooping throughout his guardians' home. The kitty would not consistently use his litterbox to stool, and his human family members were finding "deposits" in their bedroom and the living room. This started after the carpet was replaced and at first I thought it might have something to do with that (new smells, developing a substrate preference, etc.), but after questioning his guardians about the type of stool they were seeing and how often they were seeing it, it appeared that Taylor had been having gastric upset for the past several months. In fact, in addition to his chronic diarrhea, he had lost weight. Cat behavior issues - medical or behavioral? In this case, medical.

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