Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Butch
Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Butch:
Well, November of 2011 sure proved to be the month that former Crash Kittens were returned to us as adults, though really through no fault of their own. Take Butch for example, who was born in April of 2004, and lived for 7 years with former clients of mine, along with a multitude of other pets. Earlier in the year, Butch started exhibiting inappropriate urination habits, but unfortunately for him, he wasn't properly diagnosed with a medical condition that can exacerbate this type of behavior. When I reviewed all of the records, it was obvious to me that he was suffering from an inflammatory condition that would make peeing in a litter box at times very unpleasant; cats with FIC (Feline Idiopathic Cystitis) will often avoid the box and go elsewhere in hopes of it not hurting when they do. The disease process is cyclical in nature, so a cat with it will often urinate in the box without a problem; but, when the cat is affected by outside stressors, such as a person moving in or out of a household, the condition can flare up, and the behavior starts again.
It takes a lot of understanding on the part of an educated pet owner to deal with this problem, but the bottom line is, it IS a medical problem. And certain modifications need to be made to ensure that the cat is feeling less stressed, so anti-anxiety medication that also has a low-grade anti-inflammatory property to it is most commonly and effectively used to control FIC. The key here is that FIC is controlled, it is not cured; so anyone who falls head over heels with the shy but sweet Butchie-boy needs to understand that providing him with a mellow, even-keel household and medicating him on a daily basis will be the key to long-term success. The medication, Amitriptyline, is pretty inexpensive, and adding canned food daily to his diet is also a benefit. So, a cat like this IS truly adoptable and deserves another chance at a great home. He can't help what ails him...but WE can!
I should note that Butch LOVES the company of other cats and does well with dogs too, so finding him a place where fur and fun are a-plenty will be just what the doctor ordered, but perhaps only one of each to keep things on the less crowded side of things:)
This cat has a history of Feline Idiopathic Cystitis.
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