Ask US Anything: Ragdoll Cat Losing Hair Around Neck, Not Getting Along, Kitten Peeing Outside of Box

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.

Ragdoll Cat Not Getting Along with Resident Kitty

Shelby wrote in:

Looking for reader help

I have a 9 year old ragdoll named Hershey that I got a year ago. And there has never been peace between him and my other large male bob-tailed cat Mo
Hershey tends to stay up high to avoid him
Either on top of the bar. He’s gotten to where he will not use any of the litter boxes and I’m thinking it’s because Mo tries to corner him and attack him while he’s in there. I’m about to go crazy because I keep finding where he peed or pooped on the kitchen counters or behind the tv stand. He even pooped in this decorative basket full of pinecones I have on the bar

I can’t get the 2 to get along. Mo is always trying to jump him. I’ve found blood in various places from both of them. And I have another tiny tortoise shell named Mimi who usually keeps to herself but she sides with Mo. The only time they are peaceful is when they are eating or all in bed with me. It’s been so bad Hershey sliced my cheek open trying to get away from Mo. I don’t know what to do anymore

I replied, asking her how they were first introduced and then included her reply when I posted it on our Facebook page.  You can see that post below and click through to our Facebook page to see what other readers had to say (you don’t have to have a Facebook account in order to read the replies).

Ragdoll Kitten Peeing Outside of the Litter Box

Sometimes readers post their concerns on our Facbeook page first, however, I am not as on top of those as I am with emails. So when I finally do see them, I try to share them on our Facebook page and help them. But it’s always best to email me first, as I check it multiple times a day. Anyway, after reading the post below, I asked the owner to email me if she still needed help..and so she did.

Tanya wrote, “Thank you to responding to my FB message. The kitten is now almost 16 weeks. He’s still randomly urinating on blankets especially anything soft on the ground. He has acclimated well to the other animals in the house. They are all sleeping well together. I bought the kitten attract litter and the nature’s miracle cat spray to spray were he has gone. We have 3 cats and 4 boxes. The breeder is very upset and is willing that take him back and give me the pick of the next litter but we all love him. The other cats groom him. We went to the vet. He is very healthy no UTI. Any advice you can share would be so appreciated.”

I replied: “Thank you – I am always checking email, but not so much social media posts.

Where are his litter boxes? Are they close enough for his little body to access when he needs to go? Sometimes a long jaunt to the litterbox is too much for a little bladder.

What litter did the breeder use? Did you continue to use that litter or do a 4-week transition to the new litterbox?

Is the kitten declawed?

Here’s our page on peeing outside of the litter box – you might read through the suggestions to see if anything resonates with you –”

Ragdoll Cat Losing Hair Around Neck

Val wrote in saying:

“In November 2017 a friend asked me if I would take a six year old Ragdoll in, her previous owner was a student at Liverpool university, UK, she had Yuki from six weeks to six years old, unfortunately she had to return to China and could not take Yuki with her and that’s how she came to live with me.

Over the past two weeks her fur has started to get matted round her neck, I’ve been trying to groom her but it’s not easy with only two hands, so I’ve booked her into a groomer, first appointment I could get was this Tuesday 13th March, while trying to groom her myself I’ve noticed that she’s lost a lot of fur round her neck, there’s no rash, she’s not scratching at all, not in any distress that I can see and no discomfort, there is only the two of us, which is what see seems to like.
I’ve never had or known a Ragdoll before and really don’t know what to do? I know this is very long winded, sorry ….. Would appreciate any advice
Sent from my iPad
Thank you Val”

I replied:

Hi Val,

I posted your inquiry on our Facebook page, here:

Please do check that link again in 24 hours as people around the world reply.

We had a similar discussion about a Ragdoll cat losing hair around their neck here before.

Please let me know if you need further help.

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11 thoughts on “Ask US Anything: Ragdoll Cat Losing Hair Around Neck, Not Getting Along, Kitten Peeing Outside of Box

    • Patti Johnson says:

      Ooops! Guess not. Wonder why that isn’t working properly. I hate FB sometimes, too! Grrrr. Oh, well… 🙂 <3

      • Patti Johnson says:

        Thanks for verifying that for me, Jenny! Wonder why the really old one shows up for me! It’s got to be a weird FB thing for sure! Well, as long as everyone else sees my new, healthier me then I’m happy. 🙂 <3

      • Patti Johnson says:

        I see my FB profile photo that I took two years ago when I got my new glasses. Sigh…Oh, well. Probably some FB glitch translation error… You are seeing the right one. lol 🙂 <3

  1. Patti Johnson says:

    I am learning so much from this series of posts, Jenny! My goodness! These poor kittehs and their owners!!! I have no advice to offer since I have never experienced any of these issues so far (and hopefully never will!)! But I do hope and pray that they will find the solution they need to get their kittehs comfy and confident and healthy and relieve their stress levels for dealing with all these issues!! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!!!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    • Jenny says:

      Yes – these posts help me learn too. I also have learned the importance of providing the who, what, where, when, why when asking for help! Makes the process more efficient.

      • Patti Johnson says:

        I bet! Details, details, details. 🙂 <3

        Gah! I just noticed my old profile pic is showing up with my name when I post. Thought I changed that to my new, thinner pic. (Lost 63 pounds so far, honey!) Got to go figure that out! I hate computers sometimes…lol 🙂 <3

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