New Kitty Won't Clean Himself. Help?
May 6, 2013 9:55 AM Subscribe
My gf and I picked up a second cat last Friday from a no-kill rescue shelter. He looked perfectly healthy, had a clean record and tests from the shelter and acted very friendly and energetic. This new kitty has been diaretic for three days, and he doesn't clean up after himself. That factor has us a little freaked.
posted by scaryblackdeath to pets & animals (17 answers total)
He's a mostly black kitty with an obvious bit of Siamese in his family tree. He's 2 years old, and again, he seems healthy. As he's our second cat, we've followed advice and kept him in our big bathroom so he & our current cat have time to get used to one another's smells and such. We go in to hang out with him several times a day, and he's always very affectionate and curious.
The worrisome thing is that we've had to clean poop off the walls, floor and his paws once each day since we brought him home. A little diarrhea doesn't seem odd--new home, kitty on the other side of the door, etc, is bound to lead to some stress--and he does use the catbox, but again, he's not showing any sign of cleaning himself. He isn't eating much, either, be it dry or wet food.
We're concerned that he's got some serious behavior issue that we won't be able to handle. Both my gf and I have had cats in the past, and neither of us have seen a cat act like this. FWIW, we got our first cat from that same rescue, and he's a complete doll. No problems at all.
I'll call the shelter this morning as soon as they open up, but I wanted to ask the collective, too. Anyone seen this before? Any advice?