One of the most common behavioral problems we see in our feline patients are “elimination disorders.” Your heart drops when you discover that your beloved kitty is using locations other than their litter box to urinate and/or defecate. This can cause a great deal of stress for both the you and pets in the household. We know how hard this can be and want to help you deal with the problem as quickly as possible. Tell us about this as soon as you know or suspect anything is amiss.
Our job as your veterinarian is to determine if the disorders is due to a medical or behavioral problem – or both.
Behavioral or Medical problem
Before deciding that the problem is behavioral, we must first rule out a medical problem. We recommend a thorough physical examination and some tests. These are what we call ‘a minimum diagnostic database.’ We’ll get a complete blood count, serum chemistry profile, total T4, fecal analysis, and urinalysis. These tests tell us a lot and my preclude, or indicate, additional diagnostics.
If we identify a medical disorder, we’ll recommend the therapy based on our knowledge and experience. We’ll confer with you as to what to expect from the treatment. (more…)