Ask US Anything: Senior Ragdoll Cat, Cats on Ledges and Kitty with IBD

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Our “Ask US Anything” is a series of posts on the site where I share the questions/concerns/ideas that readers have sent in and then the responses from our readers about those questions/concerns/ideas.

Senior Ragdoll Cat Running and Howling After Using Litter Box

Lynn wrote in:  “Love your site; been on it for a long time.  I have question regarding my 14 year old male Ragdoll:  Periodically, when Max uses his litter box, he will exit and start running around the house and yowl.  This has been going on for a couple years; I have had him examined thoroughly twice thinking it might be a urinary problem.  It doesn’t happen every time but enough to where it concerns me.  Other than he sleeps a lot more than my 15 year old rag, there is no other problems with him. Thanks in advance.”

So I posted her question on our Facebook page, so readers could weigh in.

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Cat on Indoor 2-Story Ledge

Ragdoll Kitty with IBD

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You can see all the reader suggestions above, but I sent her a link to the Facebook Group for IBD Kitties.

She was looking for appetite stimulants for her girl and readers gave the following suggestions:

  • Vitamin B shots – prescribed by vet
  • anti histamine – prescribed by vet
  • Cyproheptadine (Cypro) – prescribed by vet
  • Mirtazipine  – prescribed by vet
  • Gerber’s No 2 baby food is also highly recommended for appetite-suppressed felines, as it’s high in calories and tolerated well. Please read labels to make doubly sure that formula hasn’t changed – no onion salts.
  • Wysong PDG Canine/Feline Food Supplement
  • smash some raw freeze dried treats and sprinkle it over the cat’s wet food
  • sprinkle some tuna water over their wet food
  • homemade bone broth (pop a turkey carcass into a slow cooker, cover with water and set on high for 8 hrs) and when it’s cooled I dab little bits onto their lips.
  • Could be that your kitty is simply nauseous and dehydrated. Very often giving fluids will make kitty feel well enough to eat.

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  1. WOW!! Fascinating and heartbreaking issues in today’s post, Jenny! I wish I had some advice for poor, sweet Tashi. Will send up some prayers for her and her owners right now. Lurve the responses you posted based on inputs from Floppycatters. Praying one of those solutions might work with dear Tashi. <3

    Regarding the senior kitty and the litter box issue I'm not sure that behavior is all that odd. Even Miss PSB (who is 5 years old) occasionally goes into crazy cat mood after using her litter box now and then…It may just be that they are feeling really good and feisty after elimination. I know it's odd that the senior kitty only recently began this behavior but kittehs are sooo unpredictable with their routines at times… 🙂 <3

    I also wouldn't be too concerned about the ledge issue unless it's something that is known to be dangerous for Ragdolls. I know some Ragdolls are climbers and lurve high places and others prefer to stay closer to the ground. I think Ragdolls have just as much agility and balance as other kitty breeds, don't they? 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

      1. You are most welcome, honey!!! Went for a nice 5 mile walk early this morning around 7am!! I haven’t walked for 4 days due to stupid cold weather and my crazy ever shifting sleep schedule…lol. Was having some serious Walking Withdrawal!! My hubby was about ready to shove me out the door I think…lol. Anyhoo, it was cold this morning but a beautiful sunrise and the walk felt marvelous! Hope you don’t get any snow tonight!! 🙂 <3

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